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SPECIAL

THE PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE
2009

THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE NEW SLS AMG

BUSINESS CLASS
JOINING FORCES: COMFORT AND POWER E 63 AMG

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM MOSCOW G 55 AMG

TREND MATTE PAINT’S BRIGHT AND SHINY FUTURE

CONSISTENCY THE CONTOURS OF THE E 63 AMG ARE A DIRECT TESTAMENT TO ITS POTENTIAL. THIS IS A PACKAGE FULL OF POWER AND PASSION – BUILT TO LEAD THE FIELD

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5 SECONDS AMG 2009 5 .TEMPERAMENT 525 HORSEPOWER AND 630 NM TORQUE PRODUCE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE THAT CAN EVEN BE EXPRESSED IN NUMERICAL TERMS: FROM 0 TO 100 KM/H IN JUST 4.

COMFORT ZONE EXCLUSIVE DETAILING AND HIGHCLASS MATERIALS ALLIED WITH THE ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED DAMPING SYSTEM – PERFECT QUALITIES FOR LONG-DISTANCE JOURNEYS .

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SAFETY AWARENESS FATIGUE ALERTS. TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR THE CAR OF THE FUTURE – JUST LIKE THE AUTOMATIC FULL BRAKE FUNCTION AMG 2009 9 . NIGHT VISION ASSIST. TRACKING ASSIST AND BLIND SPOT ASSIST. HIGH BEAM ASSIST.

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6. as well as a PRE-SAFE® brake system with automatic full brake function – to name just a few features. With the calculations of its fiery temperament (525 HP.Numbers can reveal a lot. And the “Controlled Efficiency” mode converts the powerful engine torque into timely fuel savings. Sincerely yours.5 seconds). The new Mercedes-Benz E Class played a significant role in shaping the personality of the E 63 AMG. But it isn’t just these statistics that make the E 63 AMG so attractive. Mercedes-AMG GmbH PHOTO MARKUS BOLSINGER AMG 2009 13 . This edition of AMG Magazine aims to look at those features. however. Sport drivers can opt to shift manually on the racetrack. thereby providing exclusive insight into the impressive technology behind this fascinating Gullwing car. 630 Nm torque) and impressive acceleration values (from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 liters per 100 km – a benchmark in this performance class! The new SLS AMG also promises a range of new features. while driving enthusiasts can take their favorite route in the “S+” mode. the E 63 AMG also offers business-class comfort. tracking assist. fully describe special characteristics on their own.3-liter. Enjoy this preview of a new breed of high-performance sports car. which offers automatic shifting in under 100 milliseconds. They can’t. Volker Mornhinweg CEO. This means that in addition to enormous power. blind spot assist. excellent long-haul qualities and a safety package that is unequalled: fatigue alerts. Superior performance takes on an entirely different dimension in the new Mercedes E 63 AMG. Its AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports gearbox puts you in total control of the powerful eight-cylinder. all-purpose high-speed aspirated engine. high beam assist and night vision assist. Thanks to this consistently lower rpm. A topclass automobile with the thoroughbred lineage of Mercedes-AMG. the new E 63 AMG makes a truly overwhelming impression. which fills me with pride and a great deal of joy. the new E 63 AMG achieves an average fuel consumption of just 12.

A Daimler Brand Wall Street opens lower. www. urban): 12. Master of Business Acceleration. .mercedes-amg. Affalterbach dynamic as The new E 63 AMG. they are provided solely for purposes of comparison between different vehicle models. extra urban.com /E63AMG Fuel consumption (combined.7 l/100 km: CO -Emission (combined): 295 g/km.6/9. The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer.1/18.

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She also has another invaluable ability that constantly amazes customers: she remembers every face and always greets visitors by name (with discreet help from her electronic diary). Yet the two First Ladies are always in control. Of course. too. And Sezgi speaks Spanish.JOURNAL FIRST LADIES The most important tools of this duo are their flatscreen displays. The daily tasks facing her and her colleague Claudia Barnickel can be quite demanding. “For visitors we are the first face of the business. their way with people – and their smiles. A press conference is under way at the same time. to be followed later by a customer event. English is essential.” says Hülya Sezgi (right). and a number of eager customers have arrived to collect their AMG Mercedes. always charming. To wit: a Middle-Eastern head of state – a familiar face to both of them – asks for a detailed meeting with an AMG consultant. describing her job at the reception desk in the AMG Customer Center. They have been the smile of AMG since 2002. 16 AMG 2009 .

you immediately feel the genuine enthusiasm that only happens when equals meet. which the Italian expert in elegant footwear has developed exclusively for the Affalterbach brand. Another reason why he and AMG are a perfect match.000 kilometers per year behind the wheel: “Driving is part of my life”. In line with the AMG principle of “one man. he also values perfection when it comes to mobility – perfection in the form of the CLS 63 AMG. Santoni takes a “one man. the Santoni shoes also carry the name of the shoemaker who produced them. The first result of this collaboration is the “Santoni for AMG” line. to be precise. He covers a good 50. Naturally. one pair of shoes” approach.” says Signor Santoni appreciatively. one engine”. just as each motor is signed by the responsible mechanic in Affalterbach. “The combination of comfort and performance is unique. AMG 2009 17 . The qualities shared by both brands are evident in the consistency with which they jointly approach the manufacturing project.ONE MAN ONE SHOE A passion for the beautiful things in life and a demand for handcrafted perfection: when Giuseppe Santoni talks about AMG. he says. because Santoni’s business means that he cannot simply walk in his own exquisite shoes all the time.

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AMG DESIGNER AND TREND SCOUT AMG 2009 19 .„WHEN I PLAY WITH MATTE PAINT. THEREBY EMPHASISING THEM“ TREND WOLF-DIETER HACKER. I BLUR THE CONTOURS.

EXPERTS PREDICT AN ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM THE AUTOMOTIVE HAUTE COUTURE FOR THIS FASCINATING FINISH .HARD AS SATIN 20 AMG 2009 AMG IS THE FIRST MANUFACTURER TO OFFER A MATTE FINISH ON PRODUCTION VEHICLES.

It was the same effect Hans-Joachim Walitschek experienced the first time he presented a car painted with a matte finish. remembers Wolf-Dieter Hacker. And you can. “For a magno finish. polish this “magno” masterpiece. You shouldn’t. thereby emphasizing them in the process. elegant. The next planned matte finish offers a refined allusion to the silver arrow of Mercedes-Benz racing history: a grey matte metal tone. which makes it seem as if the C 63 AMG has been forged out of pure industrial steel. Spectators leap back. and the edges masked with black tape”. to touch it: The skin of the shark is rough. whenever he was on the road in one of these lightabsorbing cars. “Test vehicles were normally given a matte black base. more sensual than a high-gloss finish. he always received any number of positive comments. either.” The surprisingly positive response was the final confirmation needed to begin perfecting the paint which. then.” Whether a sportscar. The result is similar to the background shimmer of mother-of-pearl. a paint expert and early trend forecaster in Walitschek’s department. The refracted shimmer of the roadster represents a break with the tradition of gloss finish. which in turn must be protected from UV radiation – a task assigned to the external layer of paint. “Yet magno can also be warm. notes Hacker. “You expect it to be rough. even in the development stage of the matte white finish for the SL 63 AMG Edition IWC.” A number of technical hurdles had to be negotiated before Mercedes-Benz could become the first car manufacturer to bring the matt finish to mass production – including the fear that matte surfaces may be too sensitive for everyday treatment. “People wanted to touch the car”. something that has long been disproven. the shark’s leathery exterior proves to be astoundingly smooth. you wouldn’t try that with a shark. we work along the same principles as those we have developed through our experience with conventional finishes over the years”. uniting form with function in the process. I n addition. and was in fact rather coincidental. The Mercedes-Benz paint developers have thus managed to construct the perfect exterior for motor vehicles. “I blur the outlines. If there is a shark caught in the net. however. however. you can use the technology to emphasize sportiness”. sensual – and. it becomes a particularly special occasion. Indeed. At first touch. You could cut yourself on it – fitting armor for such an aggressive creature. the oscillating matt/gloss wave resulted in a significant deflection in both directions – that is to say. So I need a certain solidity to place the matt concept well.or herself apart – with- out having to rely on a screeching purple or an intense orange hue to scream distinctiveness to shocked fellow motorists. a tradition stretching from early coach paintwork through to the deep reflections of the latest Alubeam paints.TEXT JAN BRÜLLE PHOTO HANS-JÜRGEN WIESNER/DEBEOS STUDIOS A s the nets are pulled in. a high amplitude on the shine scale was first achieved with a metallic white finish. under the name “magno”. as “Designer Magno Cashmere White”. that AMG vehicles are the first to make the new technology available to connoisseurs in a mass-produced form. then reapproach cautiously.” The many layers are also responsible for the visual depth that characterizes “magno”. It is always an event when fishermen reel in their catch. But then. Hacker explains. now brings the Mercedes-Benz paint range into a completely new dimension – and which. AMG 2009 21 . explains Walitschek. adorns the first matte-finish vehicle to enter mass production: The SL 63 AMG Edition IWC. This seemed like the best prospect for a subtly distinguishing characteristic with which a driver could set him. reports the designer. then firmly countered by the matte finish. blue and silver on the streets – a matte finish emphasizes the modern lines and striking design of the car. who sketches at Mercedes-Benz for the development of new paint trends. which simultaneously provides the matt effect. explains Hacker. the seething mass slowly becomes visible: the time has come to sort the fish. they say. The “magno” vehicles seem to repel dirt like a spacesuit. The initial doubts as to the daily handling of the matte paint have meanwhile been turned on their ear: the finish has proven to be extremely resistant to scratching. But it feels more velvety. R ight: You want to touch it straight away. “When I play with matte paint”. “Of course. a modern matte finish must also fulfill the same requirements as those demanded of a gloss finish. the contact a veritably silken experience. which recently managed to penetrate the phalanx of black. Perhaps it’s no coincidence. first and foremost. an off-road vehicle or a limousine – and even more than the white color megatrend. Yet. And above all. The first impetus for matte finish came more than ten years ago. wanting to take a closer look at the predator. “A dipping paint protects from corrosion. “Of course. we were never going to appeal to the masses with the matte concept”.

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50-YEAR-OLD SUNNY TAN. “SEEING IS BELIEVING – PEOPLE BUY THEIR CARS FROM THE BROCHURE. STRETCH VERSIONS AND BLACK PAINTWORK ARE ALWAYS THE MOST POPULAR CHOICES.” 24 AMG 2009 .SUNNY TAN CHINA THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AMG AND MERCEDES-BENZ SALES PARTNER IN CHINA. WAS PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE GREAT WALL AT SUNRISE.

BOLSINGER. C. SIMAYER AMG 2009 25 . S. PFLAEGING. MORLOK.PERFORMANCE CENTER THREE WORLDS UNDER A SINGLE STAR EACH AMG PERFORMANCE CENTER WORLDWIDE IS UNIQUE. AND YET EACH OF THEM DEMONSTRATES THE UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES FOR CUSTOMIZING AN AMG CAR. H. WE SPOKE WITH THREE AMG SHOWROOM EXPERTS TEXT CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT PHOTO M.

” 26 AMG 2009 . GOLF TROPHY AND DRIVER TRAINING COURSES ARE PARTICULARLY POPULAR: “I WANT DIRECT CONTACT WITH OUR CUSTOMERS. GUT LIKES TO ORGANIZE REGULAR INCENTIVES THAT DON’T JUST FOCUS ON THE CAR.THOMAS GUT SWITZERLAND THE WINE ENTHUSIAST WAS PHOTOGRAPHED AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF A WONDERFUL ALPINE LANDSCAPE. VISITS TO THE GERMAN TOURING CAR MASTERS (DTM).

ED BONELLI USA
RANCHES, HERDS OF CATTLE AND OIL DERRICKS – THAT’S YESTERDAY’S NEWS. NOW DALLAS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST HIGH-TECH CENTERS IN THE USA AND HOME TO ED BONELLI, THE NAME YOU CAN TRUST FOR THE TEXAN AMG COMMUNITY: “THE SLS AMG WILL BE DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS.”

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he entrance to the AMG bar crosses a little bridge, under which eightyeight Koi carp circle. The number 88 is synonymous with good luck in the Middle Kingdom. In Chinese, the word for the number eight is the same as the term for well-being, success and happiness. That’s why the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing were opened on 8 April 2008 at 08:08:08 in the evening. Sunny Tan, China’s most successful AMG and Mercedes sales partner, surprises his guests with Chinese symbolism like this as soon as they reach the reception area of the AMG Performance Center in the Daimler Tower Peking in the Chaoyang District. Tan has a sixth sense for business, even his horoscope says so.“My star sign is the pig,” he laughs. “That represents really good business.” The 175 AMG Performance Centers in America, Asia and Europe use impressive Point of Sales elements to emphasize the unlimited customization options available with AMG cars. Last year, AMG presented its Performance Centers to a group of invited guests in an exclusive event-filled tour of Germany, Japan, China and the USA. This resulted in a lively exchange between customers, wellknown racing drivers and the makers of the AMG. The second leg of the performance tour continues in 2009 in 22 more countries such as Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Russia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. The focus won’t just be on the new E 63 AMG. That’s because it’s common knowledge that AMG and Mercedes stand for more than just cars. Anyone visiting a few of these specialist AMG support centers will encounter special characteristics typical of the particular country in which they’re located. The exclusive showrooms also reflect the personality of their operators, true to the motto of the creators of the AMG engine: One Man, One Engine. aving grown up in Singapore, Sunny has lived in Beijing since 1995. “My wife and my three children live in Singapore, a six-hour flight from here. That means that a lot of family life centers around the telephone.” In Asia, long-distance relationships like this are as much part of a professional career as the dream of owning one of the automobiles with the star over the radiator. For Mercedes-Benz, China is the second largest market outside Europe after the USA. In 2008, sales here rose by almost 25% to 46,600. As well as the S Class, SUVs are also very popular, despite all the economic turbulence. “In 2009, we have succeeded in selling

more S Class models than in the USA”, the AMG expert estimates. “Sales of the R Class are also very good.” Last year, Sunny was able to hand over the keys to 80 cars, most of them S 65 AMG models. Photos of the handover ceremony are very much in demand for the family album. On the other hand, the Chinese customer base is noticeably reticent in asking for other special requests. “Seeing is believing – people buy their cars from the brochure. Stretch versions and black paintwork are always the most popular choices.” Sunny Tan is actually a passionate golfer, but these days he hardly ever gets to the course. “I had my greatest day at the Mercedes Dealer Tournament, when I got a hole-in-one!” he laughs heartily. “But why should I waste a lot of time on the golf course when my heart lies with the Mercedes star?”

FOR SUNNY TAN, BUSINESS IS LIFE
Even the cappuccino that Sunny has us served is decorated with a Mercedes star in cocoa powder. He then hurries us along; he wants to give us a tour of boomtown Beijing with its countless building sites. In our CLS 63 AMG, we elegantly weave our way through the mass of traffic. “The latest thing here is that only some cars are allowed onto the streets at the same time”, he explains. “It works by number plate. Different last numbers have a turn on each day of the week.” Sunny’s AMG has the right number for today. We come to the Square of Heavenly Peace. Next to it lies the Forbidden City. Although this is crowded with visitors, it’s the only place where the AMG can find some peace and quiet. At the heavenly temple of Tiantán is one of the few tranquil areas where city dwellers and tourists alike can take a little time out. Sunny, on the other hand, likes to relax in a completely different way. While it’s still dark, he climbs into his AMG and drives to the Great Wall in time for the sunrise. This is an exceptional trip because life without business would be no life at all for Sunny Tan.

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allas, Texas – synonymous for many years with gigantic ranches, herds of cattle and oil derricks. These days the magic words are “Silicon Prairie”. After California, Dallas is one of the biggest hightech centers in the USA. Texas Instruments, the inventors of the microprocessor, are located here and have attracted other compa-

nies to settle here too. High-tech and highspeed are two qualities not unknown to Ed Bonelli of the AMG Performance Center at Park Place Motorcars. The 53-year-old has high-octane fuel in his blood. “My father was an engineer and really got me interested in technology.” When he was only eleven, Ed rode his first motorcycle, a minibike. As a teenager in New York, he fell in love with motocross. Custom bikes and heavy cruisers were never his thing; at the age of 16, he was driving a Swedish Husqvarna. “I was an active motocross rider for six years. While at college I worked in motorcycle repair shops to be able to pay for my biking.” This is a sport that drives both man and machine to the limit, and Ed is just as passionate about his machines today. With his technical know-how in the AMG Performance Centre, Bonelli has plenty of insider tips from and for AMG fans. For the past 13 years he has acted as Service Manager, looking after his “family”, the Texan AMG drivers. “We often meet at the racetrack, for example, at the MotorSport Ranch here in Dallas. Sometimes we even go as far as Tulsa in Oklahoma.” The officers of the Highway Patrol aren’t permitted to turn a blind eye – even to the much-admired AMG. This is just one of the reasons why there’s hardly another country in the world with as many asphaltcovered leisure tracks as the USA. If you’re a member of the MotorSport Ranch, you can fulfill your childhood dream by buying a “trackside villa”, taking you closer to motor racing than even Bernie Ecclestone. There’s no limit to the love of fast cars in America, and the members of the Texan AMG community all drive cars made in Affalterbach, with the C 63 AMG, E 63 AMG and SL 63 AMG the clear favorites. However, people are really looking forward to the first pure AMG, the SLS AMG. “It’s going to be drop-dead gorgeous”, says Ed, his eyes twinkling. “A Gullwing model recently drove past me in Affalterbach, but unfortunately it was still camouflaged. However, thankfully, the sound was unfiltered!” Ed visited AMG at the beginning of April and came home with red-hot news about the much-anticipated car. Before that, he took the opportunity to visit Italy, the birthplace of his grandparents, for the first time in his life, although there’s evidence of Bonelli’s Italian roots in his longtime passion for football. “My son played soccer for a long time,” reveals the Juventus Turin fan. “Naturally, when I was in Italy, the first thing I did was to visit the stadium to see a game live from the stands. The atmosphere was indescribable.”

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The change of scenery could hardly be more dramatic. Meadows and woods on gentle slopes, vineyards with top-quality Riesling and Pinot grapes, above them massive crags and snow-topped peaks. Nestled in the middle of this storybook landscape is the Eastern Swiss AMG Performance Center in Maienfeld. The place is best known as the location of the Heidi books. Author John Knittel (Via Mala, The Travels of Aaron West) also lived here. However, AMG drivers and fans don’t come to “Heidi’s village” primarily for sightseeing or to pamper themselves in the neighboring Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz. Their first stop is Thomas Gut and his “garage”, as car dealerships and repair shops are known in Switzerland.

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n the newly built dealership we meet Thomas Gut in the AMG Performance Centre. His desk is located in the showroom itself. From here, the owner oversees day-to-day business. “This is where I can feel the pulse of the business”, he says. “I want direct contact with our customers.” The family business, which employs 25 people, enjoys a long tradition. Mercedes cars have been the focus for Garage Gut AG since 1969.

Thomas grew up with the Mercedes star and is a trained automobile mechanic and electrician. His career began with a large Mercedes importer in Zurich. However, his dream job was to be a Formula 1 engineer, which is why he decided to study mechanical engineering. When Thomas took over the business in 1992, he applied his passion for motorsports to the expansion of the AMG business. “Things really took off with the C 36 AMG”, he recalls. “Our customers wanted to make their AMGs even more personal, so we began the fine-tuning business in the form of exclusive leather finishes.” Although these days the AMG models and AMG Performance Studio special features mean that there are countless available AMG design options, nonetheless, some customers want something even more personal. Everyone has his own particular taste and, in an effort to cater to this, Thomas likes to get to know his customers. If possible, an “AMG Meet and Greet” takes place every Saturday. The wine expert organizes incentives that are not always centered on cars. However, there is always plenty of demand for visits to the German Touring Car Masters (DTM), Golf Trophy and driver training courses. Just a few kilometers away from Maienfeld is the principality of Liechtenstein. Many bankers buy AMG cars. The performance of an AMG is more exciting than stock market rates – and not just in times of

crisis. “A lot of money is being spent on luxury goods at present because the banks are not paying enough interest”, smiles Thomas. The greatest demand is for the G 55 AMG, C 63 AMG, SLK 55 AMG, E 55 AMG and the E 63 AMG. “At present we are waiting for three SLK 63 AMG Black Series.” A Porsche Center is due to open right next door shortly. Some GT3 drivers order sporty models like the AMG ML 63 AMG and G 55 AMG from Thomas Gut in order to get to the racetrack faster. “Some customers drive several AMGs and exchange these models for new ones twice each year.” The Eastern Swiss AMG Performance Center sold 25 AMGs last year; for Thomas, the handing over of an AMG Mercedes is always a highlight. “When we sell a compact model it’s a bit like a tasty snack. But when you serve up an AMG to the customer, you feel like a four-star chef.”

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Russianstar pianist Denis Matsuev or conductor Valéry Gergiev. providing some contemporary accents in the musical program. because Wackerbarth gives his subjects his full attention. Moritz – much to his regret. poor and wealthy. what he calls the “Gallery of Mankind”. Wackerbarth was 17 when AMG was founded in 1967. The latest information about the St. in front of the Badrutt’s Palace. Wackerbarth collects these people for his encyclopedic life’s work. he set up his couch on a footbridge with a tranquil lake. while the evenings are given over to top-class orchestras and soloists. This is also where the photo was produced that proved to be one of the really great exceptions in Horst Wackerbarth’s life. This is one of the very few pictures he did not take himself. what work means to them. Where else can you go on holidays and experience nature and contemporary art at the same time?”Visitors to the second St. travelling through America. “That was something very unusual at the time and really impressed the girls. for a moment. sitting barefoot on the roof of an AMG Mercedes. while right next to AMG. The African-American lift operator from New York City was the first person to sit on Wackerbarth’s red couch. who electrified the audience at the SAM premiere. he is examining the theme of migration.The Düsseldorf artist seeks out people all over the world: men and women. Moritz Art Masters (SAM) in 2008. a throne. His aim? To portray a broad cross-section of people from every walk of life and every age group. The highlights for jazz fans are the performances by young artists from the esteemed Montreux Festival. The churches and five-star hotels of St.com AMG 2009 31 . moved out of home and took part in demonstrations. he has a very clear memory of the first AMG he ever drove. Works by artists with international reputations like Mike Kelley. former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. It was a silver AMG Mercedes 500 SE with a car phone. the elevator man.2010 – European Capital of Culture”. The picture shows the artist on his own red couch. Moritz Art Masters can be found at www. such as the Chamber Orchestra of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic.COLLECTING PEOPLE HORST WACKERBARTH USES HIS RED SOFA TO PHOTOGRAPH REAL LIFE. so that.stmoritzartmasters. sometimes in front of the EU Parliament in Brussels. the sleepy Starzer Forest and the snow-capped Alps in the background. He was followed by a long line of people who could hardly have been more different: actor Sir Peter Ustinov. for a select few. During the first St. Barbie. then in a supermarket or in the middle of a forest. MORITZ ART MASTERS (SAM) TEXT NICOLE HILLE-PRIEBE PHOTO HEIKO SIMAYER H orst Wackerbarth loves contrasts. outlaws and stars. old and young. his head in his hands. At the moment. However.” The 59-year-old has already covered several hundreds of thousands of kilometers with his sofa. That was the year he stopped playing football. AMG CONJURES ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE ARTIST THAT REMIND HIM OF THE TIME HE FIRST BROKE FREE – AND OF THE FIRST ST. a housekeeper from Moscow. AMG transferred the picture onto a canvas measuring almost 100 by 70 centimeters and recently presented Wackerbarth with the result as a reminder of SAM and the friendship that was sealed there. Time constraints mean that Wackerbarth’s sofa will not be making an appearance at this year’s event in St. Each of them is asked a series of questions by Wackerbarth: their deepest wishes and fears. photographs them and interviews them. He always places his bright red sofa in the middle of the space occupied by his subject. Sometimes it will be found in a scrap yard. He placed the visitors to the SAM show in this panorama and took Polaroid pictures of them. fat and thin. Gerhard Richterand Julian Schnabel will be exhibited in unusual locations. Wackerbarth is on the road once again. back in 1983. Moritz Art Masters 2009 will be offered a program of art and music at world-class standards. Europe and Africa on the lookout for images. He sits them down on a red couch. This was the perfect car to express your own personality and individuality. the painter Jörg Immendorff. For “RUHR. The couch becomes a stage set and even. Moritz are also transformed into art galleries by day. or who created the universe. Belgian styleicon Arne Quinze is showing one of his own high-profile installations. “The first Art Masters show was very well received by the public. It all started in 1979 with Jack. He claims to this day that he doesn’t know what he was protesting against. the whole world revolves around them. The “Walk of Art” route will give everyone the chance to experience contemporary art in a wide variety of ways.

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No chance. Shelly makes this quite evident during the previous day. For the third time the driver in the SLK 55 AMG tries to pass her. Fairly rigid speed restrictions. 34 AMG 2009 . one of the most challenging racetracks in the United States. the coast takes on a wild aspect. in a rented Volvo. as she cruises along the Pacific coast on Ocean View Road between Monterey and Carmel. On the so-called freeways. she finds it “a whole lot of fun” to drive the powerful automobile at full throttle. the two cars race for the sharp right corner. This is where AMG has invited her to a driver’s training session.SAN FRANCISCO MONTEREY/CARMEL LAGUNA SECA SAN LUIS OBISPO HIGHWAY 1 WHEN AMG PUTS OUT A CALL FOR DRIVER EXPERIENCE TRAINING. a little more than 100 kilometers per hour. the maximum permissible speed is 65 miles per hour. away from speed limits of any kind. California. Two hours’ drive south of San Francisco. THE CHARMING EXCEPTION IN THIS MAN’S WORLD IS THE AMERICAN ROCHELLE MANNS: SHE’S THE AMAZON OF THE ASPHALT LOS ANGELES CRUISING TO THE RACETRACK: TAKING THE OCEAN VIEW ROAD TO LAGUNA SECA W ith only a few centimeters between them.” Despite all the rules. and her opponent will once again finish this round behind her. Rochelle Manns sharply applies the brakes to her C 63 AMG at the last moment. The sun is peaking in the sky. She’s here in search of speed. But Shelly hasn’t come here for the picture-postcard beauty of the surroundings. known to everyone simply as “Shelly. High noon. She glides elegantly into the bend. for example. customers are given the opportunity to push themselves to the limit. Twenty miles inland from Monterey is Laguna Seca. IT’S UNUSUAL TO FIND A WOMAN AMONG THE CANDIDATES. Not exactly ideal conditions for the brandnew AMG C 63 that belongs to Rochelle. Here. Even the land of unlimited opportunity has its limits. she finds the ideal moment to accelerate her racing machine with all the power at her disposal. Like a professional.

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“I’m feeling relaxed today. She’s out of her element.W. The sun is incredibly hot. Shelly is simply enjoying the day and taking it easy. single parent who grew up in Philadelphia on the East Coast and later moved out here to San Diego. Shucks is one of the most popular meeting places. “Have you eaten any breakfast?” – “Really?” – “You’ve gotta eat something. As we ride together through the spectacular natural surroundings. Time for a refreshing bite to eat. a picturesque little town with tiny. So this is the way we find her: a successful. located on Ocean Avenue.” – “OK. The lively bar offers freshly caught seafood specialties of all 36 AMG 2009 .LAGUNA SECA: ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING RACETRACKS IN THE US 6 8 RAHAL STRAIGHT THE CORKSCREW 7 8A 9 RAINEY CURVE 5 4 10 2 11 3 ANDRETTI HAIRPIN On Ocean View Road. I’ll call you later. that she will become an Amazon in what is typically a man’s field. when she hits the tarmac on the Laguna Seca racetrack. Later we will enjoy a cup of coffee to the sound of the breaking waves and will take a quick detour to Carmel-by-the-Sea. and smiles as she takes in the view of the Pacific surf. then puts it back in her purse. the sunshine. After all. she’s very successful within that field. Right now. Shelly lets it go.” Intuitively. Shelly looks for somewhere to place her phone. self-confident. Not only that. He’d rather go hungry than fix himself something to eat. It won’t be until tomorrow. we arrange to meet her for a chat. streaking past the Volvo. It’s a good thing that there are still two seats free in A. Outside the world of AMG. A cell phone rings. Shelly is in the IT business. she’s not behind the wheel of her AMG.” she says. on the South Side neighborhood between San Carlos and Dolores. a silver-colored SUV suddenly starts to overtake. Carmel-bythe-Sea is the place where actor and director Clint Eastwood held the title of mayor for many years. experiences a moment of uncertainty. 1 I t is just after one o’clock in the afternoon in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s her son.W. and the chance to get away from work and family for a little while. brightly painted houses protected from the sun by the famous majestic arms of the expansive pine trees. Shucks Oyster Bar this Saturday. The 38-year-old is a real communicator. Shelly picks up. and today she’s taking it all in: the day.” Shelly looks around apologetically: “He’s so lazy. The conversation continues unabated while Shelly’s hands hold the steering wheel and operate the phone at the same time. A.

That’s also one of the reasons why AMG 2009 37 .kinds. He smiles knowingly before sharing his expertise. DIRECTOR MARKETING. Shelly wants to race as soon as possible and is anxious to get the necessary SCCA license. We return along the same breathtaking route. the former center of the Californian fishing industry. and a glass of local wine. Tomorrow. And – surprise. they are certainly not afraid of this “Amazon of the Asphalt. and a popular playground for the Californian sea otter. People get to know each other here. and other delicacies that the surging tides of the Pacific have to offer. revealing a series of wide beaches and bizarre cliff formations. On the other side of Sunset Drive is a seemingly endless collection of architectural monstrosities: white columns that look as if they came from ancient Greece stand in front of a dilapidated blockhouse. the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. side-by-side with small houses with brutish stone façades and brash.” Shelly Manns wouldn’t have expected anything else. a 48-hour gathering of a passionate family of speed freaks. She drives an AMG. The only problem might be her previous run-ins with the Highway Patrol for speeding. powerful automobile. then definitely the second question on everyone’s lips when they turn to their neighbor at the table is: “And what do you drive?” The advantages of the various AMG models are discussed over a plate of mussels. The other 25 participants in the event – all of them male – also find it cool. If not the first. She knows it looks really cool – a lady in a sleek. and huge cocktails. BRANDING & SALES OF MERCEDES-AMG – ON LAGUNA SECA’S RACE TRACK here is something special taking place on the far side of the road as the wild Pacific coast puts on a dramatic natural performance as the sun sets. T ROCHELLE MANNS IS PICTURED IN ACTION BEHIND THE WHEEL OF HER AMG AND TALKING TO MARIO SPITZNER. As we eat our way through a mixed platter of oysters (Shelly recommends Tabasco on them – not bad at all). All of this in a location with a priceless view. but also full of hope for a man with the right ideals. on the Laguna Seca course. surprise – many of the stories have something to do with speed and speed restrictions. the more clearly we can see the discrepancy between nature and human habitation. orangecolored window frames. A relaxing day is drawing to a close. they intend to show the AMG lady that although they may respect her. When the sheriffs see your number plate. She’s more than a little skeptical. One or two glasses later and the experiences and anecdotes really start to flow. shrimp. the setting for John Steinbeck’s famous novel Cannery Row. The nearer we get to Monterey. the AMG drivers and fans meet for the welcome dinner. which are going down a treat here even though it’s only lunchtime. The guy sitting next to her at the table knows how to get around penalties for excessive speeds. In the evening. Shelly among them. she drove so moderately during our earlier excursion to the Pacific coast. salad and steak. they tend to turn a blind eye. flanked on either side by one of the most important golf courses in the world. “You’ve got to make a contribution to the Police Widows and Orphans Fund. she talks enthusiastically about the election of Barack Obama as the first black President of the United States. ice cold local beer.” S helly enjoys plenty of respect even without the 1199 on her number plate. That entitles you to a border around your number plate with a 1199 on it. She smiles impishly.

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The incredible performance of this super sports car also means a driving experience to match: It takes only 3. After all. A FIBER REAR WING EXTENDS BY 12 CENTIMETERS AT SPEEDS OF OVER 120 KM/H. MUSCULAR APPEARANCE OF THIS TWELVE-CYLINDER-ENGINE AUTOMOBILE. Because many components are made from extremely light composite carbon fiber. which provide for greater stability and enable maximum performance.000 newtonmeters.THE NEW SIDE SKIRT CLADDING. Racing sport is the dominant theme in the interior. The automatic engine revs up as you downshift. What other car with a displacement of just 5. POWER PACK THE NEW AMG REAR SKIRT WITH DIFFUSER IN EXPOSED CARBON COMPLETES THE EXTREMELY STOCKY. increasing downforce at the back by 50 kilograms at 200 km/h. AS WELL AS THE “V12 BITURBO” LOGO. FAR SUPERIOR TO THE COMPETITION 493 kW/670 HP at 5. THE EXTERIOR OF THE NEW SL 65 AMG BLACK SERIES EMPHASIZES THE DOMINANCE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE COUPÉ LESS WEIGHT AND MORE PERFORMANCE: THE REDESIGN OF NEARLY ALL ITS BODY COMPONENTS AND AN UNBEATABLE TWELVE-CYLINDER ENGINEMAKE THE SL 65 AMG BLACK SERIES A TOP MODEL. And driving pleasure that triggers all kinds of euphoric feelings. The 200 km/h mark is reached after only 11. AMG has chosen not to use the variable roof of the SL and has instead modeled a rigid composite carbon-fiber roof with significantly lower T hey really should only allow people with a great deal of self-control behind the wheel of the new SL 65 AMG Black Series. the SL 65 AMG Black Series weighs 250 kilograms less than the SL 65 AMG and boasts a high power-to-weight ratio of 2. The result: rapid and reliable handling. New to the SL 65 AMG Black Series twelve-cylinder engine are the turbochargers with an enlarged helical cross-section and optimized wastegate channels to guide the aspirated air. The twelve-cylinder engine floods every vessel and artery with endorphins. Wide fenders were needed in order to accommodate the impressive-looking tires – 265/35 R 19 to the front and 325/30 R 20 to the rear. Production of these pleasure hormones starts to go into overdrive as soon as the top model from Affalterbach comes into view.400 rpm? Its torque has been electronically limited to 1. the car is no less spectacular. The body has been redesigned and has large air slits in the front skirt. and a rear apron with diffuser fins. carbon trim.0 seconds. Then come the rear mufflers and the 30% more powerful low-temperature charged air coolers. a small flat-bottomed AMG performance steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles.980 cm3 can offer lines and a larger rear window for the SL 65 AMG Black Series. In comparison with the SL 65 AMG. SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING DOWNFORCE ON THE REAR AXLE AMG 2009 41 .79 kg/HP. delivering real pleasure in both acoustic terms and driving dynamism. When it comes to aesthetics. a black speedometer with 360 km/h scale and a white tachometer with four integrated LEDs that indicate the optimum shifting point while driving. the AMG biturbocharged twelve-cylinder engine has few competitors. Black nappa leather. An adjustable coilover chassis with light aluminum wheel bearings was developed especially for AMG’s top model. an Alcantara-covered roof. This is hardly surprising. 265/35 R 19 FORMAT TYRES IN FRONT AND 325/30 R 20 ON THE BACK.8 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. maximum speed is measured at 320 km/h and is electronically limited. You can clearly see the thrill in the expression that the SL 65 AMG Black Series evokes on the faces of its drivers. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 5-speed automatic transmission with four driving programs is tailor-made to benefit from the generous levels of power available. In addition. it has 115 millimeters more track width at the front and 103 mm more at the rear. A front splitter made from exposed carbon complements the aerodynamic design. Other aerodynamically important elements are the carbon-fiber rear wing that extends up to 12 centimeters at speeds of over 120 km/h. there are new AMG bucket sports seats in composite carbon fiber.

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climate control. As a result. The radiator grill has been sharpened. enabling the driver to keep GPS driving directions in view while the copilot simultaneously watches a film – on the same monitor. the vehicle turns the corner in a smooth. while the 450 kW/612 HP V12 bi-turbo engine of the S 65 AMG accelerates to the 100 km/h mark in just 4.4 seconds. and AMG-exclusive LED daylight driving lights have been inserted in the new front apron. settles for nothing less than high-quality materials. painted the same color as the car. This emergency brake is linked to the vehicle distance sensor and engages automatically upon threat of an accident.6 AND 4. even further. Investing in this Speed Limit Assistant seems particularly sensible in light of the enormous power reserves of the AMG models: the S 63 AMG sprints to 100 km/h in 4. THESE TOP MODELS CATAPULT THEMSELVES FROM ZERO TO ONE HUNDRED IN 4. which automatically recognizes traffic signs with speed limits and then warns the driver. like its customers. The sporty overhauled luxury class sedans also take their place atop the competition in terms of safety. and even more driver safety. The AMG sports suspension with Active Body Control (ABC) uses the existing yaw sensors and lateral acceleration sensors of the ESP® electronic stability program to identify gusts of wind. and the PRESAFE® brake. Leather.6 seconds. While cosmetic refreshment certainly formed part of this upgrade. Superior maneuverability. Adaptive High Beam Assist. WHICH GUIDES THE VEHICLE MORE ACCURATELY THROUGH CURVES A NEW LOOK AND FURTHER MODERNIZATION UNDER THE HOOD: THE TWO AMG S-CLASS SEDANS HAVE BEEN SUBTLY BUT SIGNIFICANTLY REVISED I s it possible to improve upon perfection? The new AMG S 63 and S 65 models show that it really is. thanks to cameras and radar systems. There is one more small surprise: The COMAND APS has a SPLITVIEW display. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER THE ENGINE UNDER THE HOOD IS A V8 OR V12 BI-TURBO – PERFORMANCE IS NO PROBLEM FOR AMG’S NEW FIRST-CLASS SEDANS. The aim of these innovations is to perfect the art of driving and increase the driver’s enjoyment. AMG nevertheless thoroughly overhauled the top S-class models. targeted braking action on the inside rear wheel as soon as the Affalterbach S-class model approaches a sharp curve at speed. thereby eliminating their effects on handling in a fraction of a second by varying the load distribution to the wheels. but certainly not least. and high-gloss walnut insets create a refined atmosphere while retaining functionality. Though they exhibited no signs of being outdated. massage and driving dynamics functions. It causes a short. Improved cornering is the aim of the new Torque Vectoring Brake – another technological innovation that cleverly utilizes ESP® capabilities. In the interior. These include assistive systems such as Attention Assist. the outward appearance of the S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG have also been enhanced. already undoubtedly high. Both AMG Sclass models are now virtually immune to crosswinds. the most astounding changes were made beneath the sporty. the bi-xenon headlights boast titaniumcolored lenses. AMG.4 SECONDS. AMG sports seats. RESPECTIVELY AMG 2009 43 .CONTROL THE NEW TORQUE VECTORING BRAKE INITIATES A SHORT BRAKING ACTION ON THE INSIDE REAR WHEEL. Direct steering supports more responsive handling. Lane Holding Assist. classy exterior. thanks to a 386 kW/525 HP V8. are the tangible results. functioning as an invisible crumple zone. Those who wish can order a windscreen camera. calculated manner. Last. Also new in the two models is the rear apron with black diffuser.

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but he has no choice. But Stetter. “There are no better passes for this job than Pikes Peak. its proportions shine through: long bonnet. something Stetter and his AMG colleagues have had to live with since the summer of 2008. T hey start at 1. Automotive magazines all over the world would pay a lot of money for it. however. an engineer. as well as opportunities for prototype hunters. of course. from Aston Martin to AMG 2009 47 . having garnered experience with Mercedes.” The test drivers are familiar with this kind of enthusiasm. Bosch. had previously been working for three years in the Mercedes plant in the American city of Tuscaloosa before joining AMG in 2007. Müller is in the process of organizing the next summer trials with the competition cars of the sports car elite. an unbelievable experience. naturally. “Is that the new Viper?” the stout American would like to know.600 metres and push the SLS AMG up to more than 4. but first they are occupied by curious day-trippers. a note was stuck to a prototype in front of the hotel with a request: “Please. Stetter. The “General Vehicle Testing Engineer” is currently working on the SLS AMG project. It is a classic game of cat and mouse.A DREAM JOB WITH CHALLENGES FROM THE ARCTIC CIRCLE TO DEATH VALLEY: AMG’S ENGINEERS AND TEST DRIVERS RACE THEIR PROTOTYPES ACROSS EVERY CONTINENT. Engines running. The task: a rain test to see where the water flowed when the Gullwing was opened. Stetter is a pro. At present. The 38-year-old engineer wants to keep driving. He knows just about all the tricks. The air conditioner has to adjust optimally to that. “I’m proud and grateful for the opportunity to work on the development of the SLS AMG. and after an hour of driving we even have temperatures below zero. a firm rear end with a striking spoiler – which will. feet first. has no purpose. For him. onward through the legendary Death Valley. A time like this will never come again. just like his boss and partner Timo Blassnitz. WE ACCOMPANIED THEM ON THEIR SIXTEEN-MONTHLONG ELITE TRAINING FOR A THOROUGHBRED ATHLETE: THE SLS AMG TEXT FRANK MÜHLING PHOTO MARKUS BOLSINGER ANDREAS LINDLAHR HARRY RUCKABERLE/DEBEOS STUDIOS HEIKO SIMAYER G etting in through the window: Ralph Stetter couldn’t have dreamt it. we attached a great deal of importance to making sure that the SLS AMG was not identifiable as a Gullwing. The SLS AMG prototypes really draw all the hacks. they are responsible for the climate – inside the SLS AMG. Their mission is the well-being of everyone on board. A photographer. depending on the season and the weather conditions.” The door handle. Blassnitz just smiles and leaves him confused with a sly. in the production model. From Porsche to Ferrari.200 metres. and Porsche. In through the window. let me drive your Batmobile!” The SLS AMG crew also includes Ralph Stoll and Frank Müller.” explains Schmid. That’s why the typical Mercedes door handle is there. an AMG test engineer. Müller. be replaced by an extendable rear wing. wide track. Colleagues laugh. but also the congenial duo of Timo Blassnitz and Markus Schmid. These are proportions that have been entrusted to the test drivers for quite a while.” says the 44-year-old with a hint of emotion. lurks with her telephoto lens. And here is the SLS AMG with its highly slung Gullwing doors – clearly a cover photo. doesn’t allow her the indulgence of that trophy. For a sexy finish. cuts a good figure as he slides in. “I don’t know. camouflaged as a tourist. including how to hold off persistent journalists. Even in camouflage. One recent morning. “We start at over twenty degrees. Merciless heat delivers the optimal testing conditions. then. occupant cell positioned way back. His feet had hardly touched the ground before he received an e-mail with his first assignment. “When we camouflaged the car. 37. large wheels. The 40-year-old. He was to get hold of an old Gullwing in order to gather information.

Spain. – regardless of whether on the racetrack or a frozen lake.” laughs the 29-year-old Stoll. Little free time.” according to Peter Alber. “I have been with AMG since 2005. time constraints. not even for Lars Henzler: “We all know full well that other people pay a lot of money on holidays to see as much of the world as we do. A real test for one’s private life.8 SECONDS 315 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED W ho would swap places with the AMG colleagues who have a classic office job? A collective shaking of heads – even though they are on the move for 150 days a year. and the rest. As the Gullwings sparkled in the morning sun. and I don’t know a single soul in Affalterbach. it is time to analyze the measurement results. jetlag has an impact on both mind and body. “My girlfriend still lives in my hometown.Corvette. ABS. Only a cell phone. A dream job with its share of hardship. Whether in the US.” The 39-year-old vehicle dynamics testing engineer looks after active safety. His area of specialization: The adjustment of ESP. then exchange them with colleagues in Affalterbach and. Sweden. e-mail and webcam remain for contact with girlfriends. wives. CYLINDERS DISPLACEMENT CM3 OUTPUT KW/HP V8 6. CLIMATE CHANGES.750 RPM AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-SPEED SPORTS GEARBOX 3. COLDS AND BACKACHE ARE AS MUCH A PART OF THE JOB AS THE OIL-STAINED HANDS ON THE CREW OF MECHANICS him once again. South Africa. after lining up three SLS AMG prototypes and five comparison vehicles at 6:30 am in front of a workshop far away from home. and yet: “We have the best job in the world. it’s worth getting in through the window. answer important e-mails. 44.208 420/571 TORQUE NM AT TRANSMISSION 0 -100 KM/H MAX KM/H 650 4. AND HIGH-PRESSURE SCHEDULES ARE SOMETIMES TOO MUCH FOR EVEN THE STRONGEST MEN.” There’s no complaining. Alber had no doubt: The chance to be involved in the development of a car as special as the SLS AMG is one that doesn’t come the way of every engineer. fellow club members. In addition. And thus it continues to remain a much-loved dream for all test drivers to trial cars whichwon’t be standing in showrooms until months later – for that. and children. near the Swiss border. two weeks of test driving is the rule. Hobbies. however. Colds and back pain are as much a part of the job as the oil stains on the hands of the crew of mechanics looking after the test vehicles. and friends have to wait. That was recently made clear to 48 AMG 2009 . THE MIXTURE OF TIME DIFFERENCES. in the middle of the night. After eight hours of test driving. The mixture of time differences. ARS. changes in climate. among other things. and deadline pressure sometimes knocks even the strongest men for a loop. or Papenburg.

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a tempomat including SPEEDTRONIC. headlight assist. rain sensor. clear graphics. above all. The SLS AMG is clearly a purebred sports car. finishing the interior of the SLS AMG with genuine metal “Silver Shadow. A glance downwards will reveal a set of stainless steel pedals with rubber ridges. N aturally. Beneath it are four eyecatching. and even in the standard version the designers have consciously chosen only the best. wide enough for even the tallest adult. encased in tubular metal frames to prevent glare. given that the maximum speed is 315 km/h. Alternatively. thanks to the use of quality materials. the cockpit indicates. The set of instruments is rounded off by a central display and a shift indicator with seven LEDs. are just what you’d expect to find in a genuine sports car – or an aircraft. even the basic model feels elegant. PARKTRONIC. White. too. the 7-inch screen of the COMAND APS multimedia system provides information about the car radio. the SLS AMG also offers details that are taken for granted at Mercedes-Benz AMG. An irresistible extra for many people might be the newly developed 1. AMG 2009 55 . that the designers were inspired by machines capable of flight. This is assured by the choice of materials used in the interior: nappa leather seats with decorative contrasting panels. other exclusive types of leather are available. Centrally placed above the central console. However. A certain level of comfort is to be expected and. and red pointers lend it a purist look: minimalist and functional. DVD changer. but definitely not Spartan. metal-cased ventilation nozzles that look like the engines of a fast jet. and telephone.RAREFIED SPACE AN INSTRUMENT PANEL REMINISCENT OF AN AIRCRAFT. but with the attractive charm of precision instruments. Using an AMG E-SELECT level. All decorative elements and the cen- tral console are available in two versions. DIALS LIKE THOSE IN A COCKPIT – THE INTERIOR OF THE SLS AMG FULFILLS THE PROMISES MADE BY THE EXTERIOR: A SUPERIOR SPORTS CAR EXPERIENCE TEXT HANS SCHILDER T he designers of the new SLS AMG must have thought frequently about the joys of flying. The gullwing doors open to an angle of 70 degrees. so that the cockpit of the SLS offers veritable concert hall conditions as it glides across the asphalt. with its legendary lineage. the interior of the SLS AMG reflects exactly what it is that marks out this top-class sports car and its pedigree: authenticity at its most attractive.” The other alternative is carbon. The powerful central console of the modern gullwing car means that all controls in the AMG DRIVE UNIT are turned towards the driver. THERMOTRONIC automatic air conditioning. although it also costs a little more. it permits only the necessary margin of freedom. The AMG three-spoke oval crosssection sports steering wheel measures just 360 millimeters in diameter and flattens towards the bottom. The straps are easy to reach even from the low-slung seats. KEYLESS-GO. while the GPS navigation advice can also be viewed here. The interior is refreshingly reduced. Two very large round instruments. To close the doors you simply pull down on a strap and the SLS AMG secures the hatches. backlit dials with rhodanized sunbursts. the driver can inform the AMG dual-clutch transmission of his requirements via Drive-by-Wire technology. and the already mentioned COMAND APS multimedia system. an atmosphere in which you feel at ease. almost like a plane’s fuselage. This looks sportier and more minimalist and is the perfect match for the gullwing design. Behind it glitter the metal shifting paddles. Here the support structure for the instrument panel sweeps across the entire width of the vehicle. giving you the feeling that you are driving a racing car – as indeed you should in the 571 HP Gullwing.000Watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with computerized distribution of the music signals. The same leather is also used to outfit the doors and the dashboard. Like the exterior. The speedometer suggests why things have to be this way: It goes up to 360 km/h. positioned just 369 millimeters from the road. But let’s begin on the outside: entering and exiting the car pose no problem. These include AMG sport seats for optimum lateral hold and comfort on long journeys. It’s not just the gullwing doors. And doesn’t the selector lever somehow remind you of the joystick on an aircraft? That can’t be pure coincidence.

There he stands. 1.“ as his business card informs us. here it smells like moss. we’re ready: The tree falls. On the one hand. And as soon as the power saw again falls silent. A DATE WITH THE STRESS-TEST EXPERTS TEXT HANS SCHILDER A fter a few moments. While the five-hectare piece of woodland remains his official counterweight. That’s the only way to guarantee its survival for the coming generations. as well as endless endurance tests between the freezing temperatures of the poles and the brutal heatwaves of the earth’s furnaces are only the outward extremes of such a task. TOBIAS MOERS IS THE HEAD OF THE VEHICLE TESTING TEAM AT MERCEDES-AMG. wiry. The forest is my balance. His work in the forest is more than just a meaningful escape from the everyday. But what brings this passionate auto enthusiast to be trudging through the undergrowth and felling trees on a rainy and cold Saturday morning? How do his management job at Mercedes AMG and his enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology fit with the sweaty manual labor here in the forest? Don’t they contradict one another? T obias Moers rebuts this viewpoint quickly. guiding the balance between growth and restriction. the obligatory safety equipment. An exemplary athlete – as in the case of the SLS AMG.8 meters tall and only 80 kilograms. lucidly. But jogging isn’t for me. He generally sets off on Saturdays. this enigmatic. felling wedges and. Tobias Moers gives a thumbs-up and smiles. they give me strength. professional forest thinnings are part of this idea as well. axe. Thanks to his dedication. Here Tobias Moers moves things primarily under his own strength. he did. In his position there as ”Director of General Vehicle Development. At the same time. of course.“ is how Moers explains his commitment. arathon tests in three continents. He and his crew have escorted the SLS AMG on its journey from prototype to test model to perfect production car. like pine needles and fresh wood. hundreds of thousands of test kilometers. One comes across men like Moers seldom in life. ”A forest has to be managed sustainably. Exactly where it was supposed to. Under his watch a prototype will be pushed to its limits that it might ultimately become the ideal automobile. I only feel good if I exhaust myself physically on a regular basis.THE GOAL IS PERFECTION PRECISION DOWN TO THE LAST DETAIL — THAT IS HIS PROFESSION. HE AND HIS TEAM HAVE ALSO SUBJECTED THE NEW SLS AMG TO INTENSIVE TESTING. however. occasionally very charming man is at home when immersed in the world of the fastest and most attractive automobiles – in Affalterbach. Sawed and carefully stacked. and precisely: ”My family is the most important thing. I have to do real physical labor. Tobias Moers is among other things the head of the AMG testing team. the air is filled only with the nearby murmur of a softly meandering brook. The 42-year-old didn’t expect anything else. he seems made for this – moving through the forest with a trained eye and incredible calm.“ No one would hesitate to believe him on that point. Both at work and here in the forest. Dealing with trees damaged by bark beetles or carrying out small. have enough energy left for an old half-timbered house. They don’t fit the usual templates. With his MB-Trac tractor outfitted with a winch. The visible result: 120 cubic meters of firewood stored behind his house. at least two power saws. Perfection is his passion. M 56 AMG 2009 . This five-hectare piece of land in the Swabian forest is his own personal counterweight to his job.

He invests even more enthusiasm. his crew worked closely with colleagues in the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center (MTC) in Sindelfingen. In this world. When testing the SLS AMG. and also from his many years of experience of keeping everything in perspective. In the evening. they are the perfect complement to one another. the demolition and rebuilding of the roof framework were briskly carried out in one – to use his phrasing – ”extremely long vacation“ of nearly three weeks of massive personal effort and daily work periods of twelve hours. ”We simply complemented each other perfectly in this project. ”Until everything matched. the SLS AMG has the first fully aluminum body construction from the House of Daimler. The transitions in Tobias Moers’ world are fluid. Needless to say. It was a fantastic act of cooperation. esting the space-frame design was certainly a particular challenge. A part of him always remains an auto enthusiast. It’s important to point that out. In the early stages we made arrangements for the individual assignments. Tobias Moers frees the felled fir of its thick branches with a roaring chainsaw. AMG 2009 57 . For men like Tobias Moers. and one notices that those individual meetings and testing configurations are once again passing through his thoughts.“ recalls Moers. When one sees Moers here in the forest. and the teams integrated really well. Based on the findings from these simulations. For him.“ says the man in the upmarket lumberjack outfit. the new SLS AMG. he is content. TOBIAS MOERS OF AMG GROWS: ”EVERY DAY I LEARN SOMETHING NEW“ the once dilapidated building became a small jewel. had at this time recently begun.“ The entire team was able to profit from Moers’ only a part of him has changed roles. he often went ”briefly“ into the office. ability to apply himself passionately to a problem and then ease off only once it was solved. ”In the end. Teamwork seems to suit Moers. the parts were optimized and repeatedly returned to the testing facility. T A colleague who works weekdays in Affalterbach will frequently join him in the woods. as project C 197. You can see that he’s thrilled by the work. in what is perhaps his greatest passion: Mercedes-AMG. fascinating technology and tenacious forest labor are not a contradiction.“ The path to optimal results led through many preliminary trials with individual components and parts in an attempt to obtain a solid basis for computer simulations. in his forest. and far more time.IN HIS FOREST.

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we changed from cast pistons for forged aluminum pistons and optimized the connecting rods …” – Eichler seems almost unstoppable when he talks about the painstaking work carried out to take the SLS AMG engine to the top of its class. as far as my father was concerned. W he everyday car of the man of the house is parked in front of the garage – he currently drives a Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG. even a wooden soapbox car with wire-spoke wheels and this is just a selection of what’s on offer. people do race indoors!). “I was very attracted by the idea of playing a decisive role in building the first complete car from AMG. a KTM racer with slicks for indoor racing (yes. “Imagination is important and imagination requires stimulation.” explains Eichler. The fact is that Eichler’s team changed and redesigned over 60 AMG 2009 .3 liter V8 aspirated engine as a starting point. An aspirated engine with 420 kW/571 HP at 6.800 rpm and a torque of 650 Nm from a capacity of 6. friendly grin. ASPIRATION CHANNELS. a smirk appears on his face. “Also.POWER MAN HE THINKS IN TERMS OF HORSEPOWER. This fit in very well with the ambitious concept. AND REDUCED CO2 EMISSIONS FILL THE IMAGINATION OF FRIEDRICH EICHLER. Next to these is a motorcycle for his wife. Having held positions as an engine developer with other high-profile German car manufacturers. THE SLS AMG ENGINE TEXT HANS SCHILDER s he opens the garage door with a flourish.” A modest amount of effort? For Friedrich Eichler this means: “We changed the oil supply and implemented a dry sump lubrication to give us greater lateral acceleration. AND SOPHISTICATED VALVE TRAINS.” Friedrich Eichler manages around 180 people and numerous additional personnel from outside companies. This engine easily catapults the new gullwing car into the category of super sports car.That’s because Friedrich Eichler is the Head of Engine Development in the HighPerformance Department at Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The collection includes a Suzuki racing bike. THE RESULT: A TRUE MASTERPIECE.” says Vienna- T here does this stunning performance come from? “We took the familiar AMG 6. “I’ve got a great team. I suppose I had a positive prejudice.” A born Eichler as he explains his motivation for changing jobs. It all makes sense now. His first big project was the high-power engine for the SLS AMG. The smirk then widens into a broad. the car with the star was the only choice. By making a few modifications we were able to produce the new engine for the SLS AMG from this with a modest amount of effort. he moved to Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach in 2007.” he explains. full of youth and enthusiasm. TORQUE. CRANKSHAFT RIGIDITY. We reworked the complete intake system and also improved the cooling system. These are all extremely rare pieces that represent the top of their class. Friedrich Eichler always enjoys seeing the astonished looks he gets from visitors who peer into his garage next to his modern family home high above Tübingen for the first time. a mountain bike. a delicate-looking but extremely powerful 180 HP Ducati.” he says. But this changes frequently.3 liters is the unique result. “This already had an excellent pedigree as a sports engine. The 49-yearold has had a passion for high-performance engines that stretches back for decades. “You’ve got to hold on to some of your dreams. This is the home of an amazing collection of motorcycles.

sportiness.AMG CHIEF ENGINE DEVELOPER FRIEDRICH EICHLER AND HIS PRIVATE FLEET: “IMAGINATION IS IMPORTANT. but will also use less fuel. He is particularly proud of a regulated oil pump. He is thinking about ways to combine high performance. result of numerous workshops. That’s why the basic concept for the new high-performance engine was the he ingenious ideas already implemented in the SLS AMG engine include the so-called neumatic spring concept. thereby storing up energy and then releasing it again. the greatest challenge for the engine designer was the optimization of the entire acoustic package.” At present the development team is working on how to minimize fuel consumption. AND IMAGINATION REQUIRES STIMULATION. which belongs to the sliding vane positive displacement pump (Eichler likes to mention this component because even most engineers can hardly manage to pronounce it correctly). “Everyone had the opportunity to suggest ideas. It’s worth quoting Eichler verbatim here: “This was the first time we took a consistent approach in creating a gas-tight space under the piston in a standard engine.” T H owever. and low CO2 emissions. making it clear that Mercedes-AMG regards low fuel consumption as an important factor even in high-performance cars. I’ve got some really good people. We call them focus teams.” 120 components in the basic engine. These teams concentrate one hundred percent on specific tasks and are relieved of their normal day-to-day duties. or mountaineering – the other passions of this engine expert. “This reduces fuel consumption by two to three percent. so the we get some really great ideas.” Eichler is a confirmed team player. AMG 2009 61 . or during the small amount of leisure time he dedicates to motorcycling. “We solved the problem by forming a task force. Eichler is convinced that AMG engines will continue to unite great perform- ance with enormous character. skiing. This does away with the typical flow loss in the crankcase. After all. The result of the sophisticated pneumatic spring effect: better performance and lower fuel consumption. These thoughts occupy his mind during the day in Affalterbach. The trapped air is compressed as the air moves downwards.” he explains with satisfaction.

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CHASSIS WITH FORGED ALUMINIUM WISHBONES (BOTTOM) AMG 2009 63 .C 197 ALUMINIUM SPACEFRAME WITH JUST 4 PERCENT STEEL: RAW BODY WITH ENGINE BLOCK (TOP).

750 rpm (at 2.8 SECONDS 315 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED TRACK AND FIELD SPECIALIST THERE’S NO DENYING THIS IS A GOOD-LOOKING CAR. superior technology and incredible power also play a role in making the SLS AMG an extraordinary car on every count.208 420/571 TORQUE NM AT TRANSMISSION 0 -100 KM/H MAX KM/H 650 4. thanks to precisely defined force dispersion. No naturally aspirated engine in this engine class achieves more. for example.C 197 CYLINDERS DISPLACEMENT CM3 OUTPUT KW/HP V8 6. used at points of intersection and everywhere where substantial forces have to be transferred – at the suspension mounts. This aim couldn’t have been achieved with conventional steel construction. In addition. the structure is very stiff – important for precise handling – and. At the same time.800 rpm from its 6. BUT THE SLS AMG ALSO OUTCLASSES THE COMPETITION IN TERMS OF TECHNOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE. the designers placed the lowest possible weight. The heart of the new Gullwing beats with eight cylinders. Each individual component is optimized to deliver the right amount of rigidity desired at each particular point while requiring the least possible volume of materials. This results in a low center of gravity. is located deep in the aluminum space frame behind the front axle (front/rear weight distribution: 48 to 52 percent). they designed a bearing structure made from aluminum profiles. Especially remarkable: A maximum torque of 650 Nm at 4. However. PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO WEIGHT MANAGEMENT. this 64 AMG 2009 . and with a front mid-engine layout. Die-cast aluminum components take over the role of joining. This aluminum space frame. and cornering at speed. as it were. represents the backbone. the constructors decided to manufacture all body panels and the entire body shell structure entirely of aluminum. or hanging the gullwing doors. an uncompromising concept that makes it exceptional in terms of driving dynamics. weighing just 241 kilograms. Only four percent of the aluminum space frame body is composed of ultra-high strength. well up at the top of the specification sheet. the figure is already 545 Nm).550 rpm. For this reason. The naturally aspirated V8 engine delivers 420 kW/571 HP at 6. This intelligent lightweight construction saves weight in low-stress areas. hot-forged steel. notwithstanding a high degree of rigidity.3 liter capacity.750 RPM AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-SPEED SPORTS GEARBOX 3. Connoisseurs recognize in the new Mercedes-Benz Gullwing. which in turn enables high cornering speeds. fulfills the high safety requirements of Mercedes-Benz in the case of an accident. the first thing they all raved about were the gullwing doors. developed independently by the AMG performance brand. THE NEW GULLWING FROM MERCEDESBENZ SETS NEW STANDARDS TEXT HANS SCHILDER N aturally. Needless to say. As every unnecessary kilogram is a hindrance when accelerating. braking. It is integrated into the A-pillars and provides a high level of occupant safety. of the SLS AMG.

stiff valve train with 32 valves.with no loss of power. contact to the road surface is very direct – for comfort and control. The transmission changes gear with no interruptions to tractive force. The performance of the new AMG ceramic brake system lies at 823 kw/1. and a low center of gravity represent the best conditions for extreme dynamics and a high level of maneuverability. Weight counts. borrowed from the racing industry.1 kg. even when pushing the limits. a more precise pressure point. an even higher degree of rigidity.120 HP at full braking capacity from 250 km/h to zero. grooved. As such.64 mlong drive shaft constructed from extremely rigid carbon-fiber material.0 x 20 inch) contribute to reducing unsprung masses in the new SLS AMG. to a new 7-speed AMG dual-clutch transmission. even in the engine. rear: 11. ven the light-alloy wheels (front: 9. but also with technical brilliance. and perforated brake discs (front: 390 x 36 mm. the same level of rigidity is achieved with lower wall thickness – and that means less weight. rear: 360 x 26 mm) all around. around the edges. It’s clear: The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG shines not only with a fascinating visual appearance and spectacular gullwing doors. Core components include internally ventilated. A powerhouse delivers enormous driving performance: from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 kg. Thus. they provided the power train with dry sump lubrication. The SLS AMG complies with the emission thresholds of the EU 5 standard. This configuration comes straight from the racetrack. That means that the material is hot-forged in the rim well. flow-optimized tubular steel header. and the structure thereby compressed. and it consumes a relatively frugal 13 litres of Super Plus over 100 km (combined). The exquisite ingredients include an intricate. every rim saves 1. or trust the automatic setting – everyone who gets behind the wheel of the SLS AMG is able to decide this for themselves. thereby charging the battery. This enables lightning-fast gear changes bundant power. low kilos. An integrated mechanical differential lock integrated into the transmission casing ensures optimum traction. There are also larger ceramic brake discs for additional potency. In addition. light forged pistons. The engine transfers its power. They are manufactured according to the innovative “flow forming” principle. but does not require a torque converter. and shorter stopping distances.8 seconds and a top speed of 315 km/h. and withstand even higher temperatures. The engineers dispensed with an oil pan in favor of the lowest possible engine position. using the thrust phase of the engine to convert brake energy into electrical energy. and an on-demand high-performance oil pump. Advantages include lower unsprung masses. As a result. Change gears yourself. E AMG 2009 65 . thereby increasing driving dynamics and suspension comfort. And when things are moving forward too quickly. Using aluminum screws instead of steel screws reduce its weight by 0. resulting in the optimal dispersion of heat – this intricate principle has long been considered best practice on the racetrack. dethrottled exhaust system. fast gear Changes. The electronics provide a menu of four driving modes for that purpose – from comfortable to extremely sporty. I nstead. But everything can still be improved. via an ultralight. driving the wheels with precision.5 x 19 inch. 1. the AMG high-performance braking system grips with force. The power train is also imposing. The icing on this high-tech cake is the suspension system. with forged aluminum hub carriers. They are 40% lighter. The cast-iron discs are mounted to float on an aluminum pot via stainless steel joining components. mounted in front of the rear axle – specialists call it a transaxle configuration. Regulated generator management also contributes to economy. the RACE START function can be used to automatically provide maximum acceleration potential.

AMG TOOK ITS FIRST STEPS IN TOURING CAR RACING WITH AN EXPLOSIVE COCKTAIL. THE INGREDIENTS: A MERCEDES 450 SLC AND PLENTY OF EXTRA HORSEPOWER 66 AMG 2009 .SERIAL LEGENDS 1977 TOWARDS THE END OF THE 1970S.

IMPRESSIVE SPOILER. TREMENDOUSLY EXTENDED FENDERS. MOUSTACHE: THE MAMPE SLC AND CREW .

NO ROOM FOR LUXURY: THE COCKPIT OF THE 450 SLC AMG “MAMPE” .

There was. In relation to performance.and 13-inch BBS wheel rims at the front and back with super-smooth Goodyear racing tires.800 rpm from 4. A double wishbone suspension front axle to the front and a diagonal floating axle with antiskid compensation ensured excellent wheel guidance. Mercedes-Benz had nothing to do with it – officially. Officially the engine’s designers admitted to 380 HP. Without ever having driven even a single kilometer in the Mampe SLC under racing conditions. Instead. metal-reinforced hoses in the back. everyone in the business contributed to the SLC because AMG did not have its own racing department.THE 450 SLC IN AMG/MAMPE LIVERY COMPETED IN ONLY FIVE RACES – THE BUDGET DIDN’T ALLOW FOR MORE. Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickedanz drove the car on the traditional Italian route on behalf of the Swabian auto tuning company AMG. but twelve minutes before the end it rolled into the pit. however) – a real rarity on the racetrack. the car was changed radically. The technical basis for the racing car was provided by a standard Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC coupe. “Put the champagne on ice. there were good reasons for the return. In return. Although the coupe that rolled up to the starting position in Monza carried the star on its radiator and was painted in the company’s silver livery. The designs were first realized by a friendly Affalterbach-based plaster casting expert. Still in his apprenticeship in 1978. To this day. describing his vantage point behind the wheel. the SLC was clearly on course for victory. and Silverstone followed. Even if the car undeniably shared some genetic material with Mercedes-Benz. Spectators and crew were shocked. however. In 1980. therefore. a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC was slated to start in the touring car race in Monza.” The chassis and brakes were very sporty in character. It soon became clear: although the star had returned to the racetrack. The interior equipment was completely removed by the AMG racing engineers. a weight problem. the AMG team were left to their own devices. There was no support forthcoming from the Mercedes factory. “It was hot and loud. Italy. Driver Jörg Denzel stopped only briefly to say. the steel pipe work of a roll cage. securing the finances for the racing project. This represented a huge disadvantage in relation to the competition and put huge stress on the brakes.295 kg. The car also has power steering – also an unusual luxury for racing cars. there was one problem. The international press also reported the sensational return of Mercedes-Benz to racing after an absence of 20 years. Werner Kaempfert was involved in the construction of the Mampe racer: “As well as doing their usual daily work. something it achieved without difficulty with 6.225 kg. who simply shaped these aerodynamic parts as positive forms in plaster of Paris. racing fans still refer to it as the “Mampe-SLC.” heralded the Stuttgarter Zeitung in April 1978. this was not a comeback for the Untertürkheim silver arrows. BOLSINGER T he Silver Arrows are back. extremely streamlined. the unfiltered engine roared away. during the four-hour race on the world-famous Nürburgring north circuit.” said Hans Heyer. AMG supplied the technical know-how and Willy Maurer.520 ccs. The standard SLC weighed in at 1. Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickedanz made their way to the start in Monza on Easter Sunday 1978.” The ambitious project was launched at AMG in October 1977. However. the coupe rolled along on 12. the Lemans 24-Hour Race. but the rules allowed for a maximum weight of just 1. Despite the most ingenious dietary efforts. However. the much-admired racing car actually came from a different stable.” He then drove on to victory. Despite all the skepticism. THE CAR BECAME A LEGEND TEXT HANS SCHILDER PHOTO AMG ARCHIV. I’ll be back shortly. Other appearances at the Salzburg Ring. In its racing colors. and aggressive look. The Mampe differed greatly from the competition because of its surprisingly civilized accessories. AMG 2009 69 . When the driver pressed down on the huge accelerator pedal. On the Easter Sunday of that year. When it came to the superstructure of the racing coupe. M. giving a broad. NONETHELESS. These were then used as the basis for the original parts made from fiberglass and plastic. However. at the hands of the AMG engineers. contemporary reports indicate the figure was closer to 520 HP. These included the three-speed automatic gearbox (which the drivers shifted manually. acted as sponsor. the drinks company was allowed to advertise its “Lufthansa Cocktail” product on the car. the team had few worries. The elegant body was given a huge front spoiler and enormously extended fenders. owner of the well-known Berlin spirits company Mampe. The racing SLC came third in its first outing. O ne of the big secrets was the output of the eight-cylinder V engine. the AMG engineers only managed to reduce the car to 1.635 kg. Unpainted metal. at least. and a single racing seat made up the picture.

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AND THE IMPARTIALITY OF THE STOPWATCH .TEXT NADINE STRATHMANN HEADY DAYS THE REDISCOVERED PHOTOGRAPHS OF LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER HORST H. BAUMANN TELL THE STORY OF THE DANDIES OF THE RACETRACK. THE FLAIR OF THE CHAMPAGNE SET.

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CAPTURED AT THE SIDE OF THE TRACK: JIM CLARK’S LOTUS. BREATHTAKING SPEED AND COMPLETE INTIMACY AMG 2009 75 . ELONGATED.

ALL OF THESE IMAGES WERE SYNONYMOUS WITH A NEW ERA 76 AMG 2009 . SOMETIMES A PAIR OF OILSTAINED HANDS. HUNGRY FOR EXCITEMENT. THE HONEST TOIL OF THE PIT STOP. THE CHEERING MASSES.A MOMENT SOMETIMES IT’S JUST A FACE.

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From Time to Life. culminating in this comment from the world’s first lifestyle journalist: “That’s pretty close. While the listener may be left unsure of exactly what Baumann means by this. and yet an image of complete intimacy. The hard yet honest toil of the pits. FOLLOWING MANY YEARS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER. they all wanted his point of view. The impartiality of the stopwatch as a symbol of permanent progress. this photographic moment would make history. Baumann knows he’s got his picture. his face ablaze. DESIGNER. sometimes the faces of the crowd appear as grainy smudges in the distance. The cheering masses. The subject itself follows directly behind. AND PHOTOGRAPHER. Baumann witnessed his first race in 1961. Then a gentle.” He defers to the master and expresses in a nutshell his attitude to life: Horst H. This is the moment! The finger presses down. That was 1963 at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. WAS BORN IN AACHEN ON JUNE 1934. Baumann is full of energy. I haven’t played any tricks. finding the monotony of darkroom work just too much.” People loved his spleen and his taste for the latest technology: Formula 1 World Champion Graham Hill tested a helmet camera for Baumann and provided him with exciting photographs of the track such as had never been seen before. while Baumann almost disappears amid so many New York celebrities. Horst H. IN 1956. the Lotus shines out from the picture. Then. Baumann always tried to be right there in the thick of things – and very often he succeeded. the Museum of Modern Art in New York. BAUMANN SHOWED HIS WORK AT THE PHOTOKINA SHOW IN COLOGNE. the 24-hour Nürburgring race.” says the 75-year-old today. THE HEROES OF THE AGE WHEN AMG’S STAR BEGAN TO SHINE BRIGHTLY H is finger hovers like an eagle over the button of the camera. “My pictures are the genuine article. Baumann played the role of Harlequin at the center of the performance. 1958. 78 AMG 2009 . hungry for excitement. full of pride in discovery and full of artistic power. and Indianapolis are some of the stops on his journey in search of the perfect picture. BAUMANN ARTIST. the car comes at him like a bullet. the photo of Jim Clark was displayed at MoMA. AND 1960. It is a world full of fun. The risk of standing right on the edge of the track and seeing a car turn just a few meters away from him is part of the job. it’s clear what photography means to him. And so we follow the story full-circle back to the year 1965. He gives order to his world through the lens of his Leica. his photographs are always centered on the moment. He makes for the pits. Nürburgring. and used it to create specific highlights. Author and art critic Tom Wolfe surveys Baumann’s Jim Clark picture full of wonder. This love of the sport and of its heroes make Baumann and the Affalterbach brand true soulmates. Just two years later. WHERE HE WAS AWARDED SEVERAL PRIZES. Things really took off at that point. As a racing photographer. The Lotus and its driver dive into the next corner. which are once again echoing to the all-enveloping orchestral sound of the engines. Silence. Baumann has worked for all the great magazines. The shutter opens for just 1/250 of a second and captures an image that looks like a painting. “Photography became my personal method of perception. Vogue to Stern and even Playboy. traveling at breathtaking speed.” He was also careful in the way he worked with color. fluid movement: the young photographer swings his Leicaflex over his shoulder and climbs down from the low curb at the side of the racetrack. something brand new at the time. with a threatening.HIS IMAGES FROM THE EARLY NINETEEN-SIXTIES OFFER A FASCINATING GLIMPSE OF THE FIRST GREAT POP STARS OF RACING. Today he describes this world as the “flair of the champagne set. A timeless photo: Jim Clark’s green and yellow Lotus. He never retouched a picture. Silverstone. Baumann worked as if possessed and went through an incredible 20 rolls of film in an endlessly long night and fast-paced day. he was part of the migrant family that comprised the racing circus. All of these images were synonymous with a new era. It was this mixture of technical enthusiasm and a love of adventure that was carried in the genes of AMG from the first day of its founding in 1967. thundering noise. Sometimes it is the enveloping clear blue horizon that makes the victory celebrations down below seem almost incidental. HE MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF MAINLY AS A LIGHTING ARTIST AND NOW WORKS IN DÜSSELDORF T hanks to his sensitive eye. Wolfe’s fascinated gaze now switches back and forth between the photo and Baumann. A distorted smudge of green and yellow. HORST H. Clark’s helmet protrudes from the car. Motor racing became one expression of the belief that anything was possible. elongated. However. sometimes a pair of oil-stained hands. sometimes it’s just a face. First it’s just a shadow. Baumann’s famous photo hangs in the Gallery of Modern Art in New York. seconds later.

STARTING PISTOL POLITICS. BUSINESS. MOTOR RACING BECAME A SYMBOL THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE AMG 2009 79 . TECHNOLOGY: THINGS TOOK OFF IN THE 1960S.

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THE VIRTUOSO COUNTERPOINT TO THE VIRGINAL EXTERIOR? THE INTERIOR OF THE ML 63 AMG IS SKY BLUE AMG 2009 81 .WHITE STAR THE IDEA OF AN ALL-WHITE CAR. ERNST-VOLKER NIEWEG. REALIZED HIS CUSTOMER’S WISHES IN THE AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO. A HIGHLY CREATIVE AMG CONSULTANT WITH A PASSION FOR HIS JOB.

“You can’t just paint over these parts with the slots. In the end. for example. The extravagance of his customers manifests itself quickly in the discussions of the configuration of their unique AMG Mercedes. an elegant. Nieweg knows the geography of the globe as well as he knows the psychological maps of his customers.” emphasizes Nieweg. no problem. however. on behalf of AMG.” he says. Not at AMG. AND SO ON. but you can’t refuse them. and metal. His uncompromising order to the Performance Studio in Affalterbach: The external shell of the ML 63 AMG is to be completely radiant in “mystic white. method of repainting was out of the question for Nieweg and his AMG Performance Studio technicians. because the underside has to be sprayed as well. leather. NIEWEG FINDS SOLUTIONS N ieweg smiles with satisfaction as he walks around the car. Remarkably reserved on the outside. the entire interior of the vehicle exudes a consistent light blue. The idea for the White Star. belongs to an AMG enthusiast from Croatia already known to Nieweg.” He continues. an approach based on the modular principle was unthinkable for the artisans of the AMG Performance Studio. The ML 63 AMG gives off a slight glint of pearl in the sunlight. BOLSINGER ERNST-VOLKER NIEWEG THE 46-YEAR-OLD IS A BUSINESS GRADUATE. previously unseen effect. “We worked on this model for three months. The 46-year-old business graduate is the first point of contact at AMG for individual requests in the Performance Studio. The first step was to take the basic vehicle apart. For Nieweg the individualist. four-valve engine. In order to manufacture a uniform blue in the interior. including chrome parts. MATERIALS. “We confront a new challenge every time. whereas the body is metal. brilliant.” And he literally means every component. but in a positive way. Prior to painting. Their masterpiece stands there. A unique predicament? Yes.” Not Nieweg. And this is also Ernst-Volker Nieweg’s secret. The fact that this color isn’t even available from the factory was the smaller of the problems. as if he wants to say goodbye. Nieweg touches the body of the ML 63 AMG gently. or. However. 82 AMG 2009 . Therein lies the singularity of the AMG Performance Studio: Making ideas a reality. BUT HE CAN ONLY GUESS AT THE CREATIVE EFFORT THAT WENT INTO ACHIEVING IT TEXT THOMAS SCHULZ PHOTO M.” says Nieweg.” Nieweg knows.The simplified. a completely white four-wheel-drive. he is a true individual in terms of his professional dedication. perhaps even crude. THE PERSON LOOKING AT THIS ONE-OFF MODEL FROM THE ML 63 AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO MAY BE FASCINATED BY THE RADIANCE OF THIS MYSTICAL WHITE CAR. One customer gave them a piece of blue terrycloth as the color sample for the interior. is made from Alcantara. AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC and AMG sports suspension was reduced to its individual components in order to prepare the separate body parts for painting. the roof lining. assisting concentration without subduing the driver into sleep. only one thing counts: “You can discuss customer requests. “The door sills are plastic and held in place by clips. But his simple. a soft light-blue. a soft microfiber material re- sembling suede in terms of its surface characteristics. accommodating answer contains the real core of the AMG Performance Studio. The AMG Performance Studio specialists are used to quite a lot of demands. it was necessary to consider the various surface structures and reflective properties of Alcantara. but there can’t be even the slightest scratch. the smaller challenge. more precisely. As far as the interior was concerned. When you look at the body of the car. which calms in almost meditative fashion. REQUESTS FROM AMG CUSTOMERS ABOUT COLORS. these sensitive components had to be individually powder-coated using a spray-on procedure to ensure an adhesive basis for the subsequent application of color. INTERIOR FINISH. The emotional attachment to the exclusive vehicle was further strengthened in the work for the interior. The parts seal almost seamlessly. you’d never suspect all the technical work. Their self-imposed obligation to perfection would not allow it. the AMG Performance Studio artists have delivered flawless work. because the application techniques are not suitable as a template for the next model. HE IS THE FIRST POINT OF CONTACT IN THE AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO WHEN IT COMES TO INDIVIDUAL E rnst-Volker Nieweg has been traveling the world for 20 years – on behalf of individuality. all the effort of the craftsmen. So much for the exterior. It’s certainly possible to grow fond of a unique specimen like this over that period.” But as anyone can see.THE PRINCIPLE OF THE PERFORMANCE STUDIO: MAKING IDEAS A REALITY. The 510 HP ML 63 AMG with its eight-cylinder. This dialogue is an important part of the design process. “Of course we accepted that. or all the creative exertion. He glances at the air intake vents on the hood. “Our customers are at least as extravagant as their vehicles. Like all the other fabric components. WHERE OTHER PEOPLE SEE PROBLEMS. the Croatian customer had his heart set on a combination of white and blue – or rather. The specialists around Nieweg paid special attention to the chrome parts.

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you come across uninventive monotony. “I’m not a member of the Greens. but I want to live in a green way wherever possible. The electricity required for the numerous technical features found onboard will come from surface-treated solar cells. the yacht represents a new school of free thought. life has enough building sites. The concept for the 125-meter highclass pentamaran is based on a substructure developed by BMT Nigel Gee. someone who is always looking for a better way to do something. However. As it is.” says Schwarz. Once he had playfullyfilled the gap between the conventional charm of a station wagon with the aggressive touch of an SUV with the Qashqai.” says Schwarz. he left Nissan and set up his own business in London.” The prototype for a new generation of luxury yachts developed by Schwarz is named Ikko and is a 21st-century vision in a Formula 1 look. Like all designers. thereby protecting the privacy of the owners. As well as conventional categories such as form and function. Named after Schwarz’s favorite Japanese designer Ikko Tanaka. “That’s why innovations tend to be something exclusive.” Yet the market is limited to floating five-star hotels in which the owners rarely find the privacy and relaxation they seek. said Andy Warhol in one of his dry observations on the future. “The greatest enemy of the designer is avarice. “It’s as if someone had spread millions of jigsaw pieces all over the world and no one can put them together. for example: “When you take a look around the harbors and bays. “The bigger the yacht. which is stabilized on all sides by outriggers like a Polynesian fishing boat.GIFTED & GREEN SWISS CAR DESIGNER STEPHANE SCHWARZ HAS SWAPPED THE STREET FOR THE SEA. even at high speeds. divided between Tokyo and London.” he states.” The interfaces between art and consumerism are precisely the home turf of star designers like Stephane Schwarz. On the contrary. the more people you need to run it.” And that’s why the trained automobile designer values AMG so much. Computer-controlled networks will make work easier onboard the Ikko. though. among other sources. and whose hydrodynamism reduces fuel consumption. “Consumerism. cutting the number of crew members required. “Design needs dissatisfaction. Take luxury yachts. or vice versa. but can also determine its properties is something that the 43-year-old emphasizes to his students at the Royal College of Art in London.” The fact that design not only supports the development of a product. Schwarz believes there is a huge potential in the luxury segment for extending the sphere of social responsibility. DESIGNING A SUPERLATIVE ECO-FRIENDLY YACHT TEXT NICOLE HILLE-PRIEBE PHOTO THORSTEN DOERK S omeday. and a pool. AMG 2009 85 . private balconies. The megayacht offers high-tech luxury on four decks with generously proportioned cabins. AMG stands for ultimate performance paired with quality at the highest level. Stephane Schwarz is also a bit of an inventor. Schwarz is in talks with several shipyards who are interested in supplying the Ikko to potential customers. The Swiss designer was one of the first European studio bosses at Nissan. It’s likely that they won’t have to wait long for interested parties who are looking for a luxury eco-friendly yacht that is also part of design history. who never wanted to get tied down to designing cars. sustainability and environmental responsibility also play an increasingly important role for him.” Because the design also reflects the wishes and attitudes of the purchaser. The increasing complexity of technical processes demands a new self-confidence from designers who “need to bring solutions to the future” as Schwarz puts it. individually adaptable saloons. Under the helipad is a lounge measuring almost 400 square meters with a breathtaking 360-degree view and a glass floor. paired with an all-embracing extravagance. you need courage and freedom. where he spent 14 years. developing the signature style of the Japanesecar manufacturer. This was a good decision for many of the world’s other aesthetic puzzles that are just waiting to be solved. It cries out for mobility and for the future. to come up with ideas that no one has ever thought of before. and privacy.” says Schwarz. mostly things either look good and don’t work. and ecology do not have to be mutually exclusive. Our task will be to assemble the pieces in the hearts and minds of people. comfort. “all department stores will be museums and all museums will be department stores. luxury. This is despite the fact that the owners place enormous importance on exclusivity.

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he cried with joy. after his overall victory last year. is to blame.” says Schmitt. Until now. and explains that the peak figures don’t appear on the fast straights. When he talks. it wasn’t certain whether he would even be able to compete. This year. The other drivers rejoiced with him. he wants to be even faster. No problem. They have got to the stage where they can almost do more than the cars. “Luis is kind of a textbook example of how stress impacts on circulation. for the moment. the burden of being favorite seems to have been a little too heavy. But he also knows that 13 right-hand turns and 13 lefthand turns are about to shoot towards him without respite. “Let’s be honest. Twenty kilograms of body weight disappeared. He simply doesn’t let anything stress him. satisfying thud. having won the AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy in 2007. When he learned. grinning. At the wheel: Luis Freire. in the cockpit one thing counts more than anything else: fitness.” Doc Schmitt remarks. finally erupting in an ear-piercing. an Austrian and a successful racing driver. wonderfully raucous explosion. admittedly. His dark eyes rest on whoever he is talking to.” he says. “That’s why Ascari is so hard on the drivers. a deep rumbling can be heard. The Ascariracetrack remains. All of a sudden. howling. “some of them are too good even for this. you won’t have anything left for the race. He knows that he has the first part of the 5. Ralf Köllges is leading the field confidently after four heats. Sixteen men and one woman are taking part in the final of this race series. The task the Swiss has been assigned by his instructor? Get to know the track. and knows very well that regardless of the class of driver. and has been the doctor for many drivers racing with a star on the hood since 1976. “Doc Schmitt. Only turns. which appears to glide through the turns of Ascari.” Ralf Köllges took the medical advice. that his first prize was to drive the current German Touring Car Championship vehicle from AMG.” aka AMG 2009 87 . Things aren’t quite right with the front axle. That’s why Ralf’s knee is now injured. “He has practically no pulse at all. Is the defending runner-up of the German Mini Challenge surprised at the pace of the hobby drivers? “Well no.” All drivers in the AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy wear heartrate monitors. then on the asphalt.” The black-haired man of around 50 years of age wears a comfortable pot belly. if only he was in better shape. That’s terribly high. in the warm light of the winter sun. Four hundred horsepower pushes the coupe forward powerfully as Daniel approaches the first chicane. Untouched. Pylons along the 12. curbs and enormous safety zones provide safety. Only the best drivers come to Ascari. The AMG Mercedes SLK 55 Black Series is ready to go. Welcome to training for the final two heats of the 2008 AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy.” says Hari. Ascari doesn’t do straight. With remarkable speed. drivers who can really control their car and who expect more than just speed. For all his calmness. Doctor Schmitt is a race doctor. but rather in the turns. A VISIT TO THE AMG MASTERS SPORTS TROPHY IN SOUTHERN SPAIN ovember in Andalusia.” laughs Doc Schmitt. Still. “Luis is quite a unique case. chatting in a relaxed manner with the KW suspension expert. and began jogging and cycling. He breathes heavily. Automatically. Now Ralf is cutting his laps.2 m wide asphalt strip mark the brake points and crowns of the numerous tight turns. people listen to him. But sometimes he simply wants too much. Schmitt loves the German Touring Car Championship. and ultimately in hospital. he doc looks over his glasses at the laptop monitor in pit 5 of the Ascari Race Resort. At the wheel: Daniel Stalder. A rumbling that swells stronger and stronger. some drivers have heartrates over 190. a car door falls into place. followed by another CLK 63 AMG Black Series. Mechanics bustle T P roczyk. Phases of extremely fast heartbeats alternate with readings just above the level of relaxation. something is wrong. When he speaks. And that’s really saying something. “I took Ralf aside at one point and told him he could be even faster. There’s only tress.N ASCARI DOESN’T DO STRAIGHT SOME DRIVERS WANT MORE THAN JUST SPEED. Luis immediately commands respect. The question is: How long does it take for the pulse to recover? If it takes too long. and neither will the car. however.” says Schmitt. hardly any straights.4kilometer track behind him. the Saturday has been far too quiet on the private racetrack near Ronda. and Ralf and his bike landed first on the hood. “Then I can see exactly who is fit and who isn’t. actually – I trained the best of them. Everything is recorded and evaluated in the evening. knows the Grand Prix tracks of the world. dotes on the drivers. you don’t get a chance to relax.” Markus Schmitt. Jagged lines. All that just weeks before the final races! Up until just prior to this final weekend. The instructors have a kind of inside competition to see who will have the winner in their training group. the greyhaired doctor with the smoky voice holds forth on heartrates in the pit lane: “In races. “If you want to give 110% in the first training.” says instructor Hari Proczyk. Ralf is the defending champion. Luis comes into the pits. Then a car came out of a parking space. businessman from Portugal. he does so quietly and with certainty. With a short. While training continues on the track outside.

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HOW FAST AM I? WHAT IF I GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC? WHAT LAP AM I ON? THOSE WHO MISCALCULATE OR DRIFT FROM THE RACING LINE CAN INCUR HEAVY PENALTIES TEXT THORSTEN ELBRIGMANN PHOTO ANDREAS LINDLAHR AMG 2009 89 .

one new face or another will join the circle in 2009. But instead of the wild. Second place follows on cue – and on crutches. “When I had to go to California recently. The Star-Spangled Banner. red flags are suddenly waved. our US boy here. he is visibly surprised.” shouts the man with the jumping milker on his red T-shirt. The family of drivers gathers in front of the podium full of tension. not a single mobile phone rings – not for any of the participants. is played. and Mönchengladbach. Greece. absolutely obsessed with technology. He pours the rest of his bottle over his curly hair. “Amazing.” says Luis in a tone that allows no objection. helmet on. Thoroughly prepared Black Series AMGs stand ready. but an entire day of work on the right setup has been for nothing. A short time later. the AMG training events are like coming home. It is Sunday morning. Luis’ car is practically always on the racing line. Scott Preacher has won! The tall man is standing a bit further back. Two final races. “It’s my own fault. roaring start. continuing to talk uninterrupted. Russia. as if in a dream. and the Briton Ed Strickland. Scott. In the pits. The weather in Andalusia will change. however. Clean and concentrated driving – that’s the aim of the competition. that he’s sticky and completely soaked: they simply want to give him a hug. 90 AMG 2009 . for example. THE QUESTION IS: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE PULSE TO RECOVER? I t’s over. he is already back in his car – this time in his own AMG. back to Portugal. In spite of that. the American. which the drivers must complete as quickly as possible. Scott Preacher. And the winner’s cup? This year it goes to the US. in the Lower Rhine region. “For me. and enjoys it when they tell him about their children. Daniel has come in third. It is supposed to get cold and wet. the US national anthem. He enjoys being the best. He can’t believe it! Tears in his eyes. In spirit. the race seems quite unspectacular. they are all back home.” Luis also stays in touch with other drivers. He has to leave shortly. while others hold giant marine diesel engines in place. The spare car is put into action. But it’s not that important to me. His celebrations are quiet. The AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy 2008 has been raced and won. approaches the others. Luis corrects it skilfully. and because they are as addicted to the AMG Driving Academy as they are to their own AMG at home. Luis. He’ll be sticky and sweet-smelling until his shower afterwards. I enjoy the fact that I can be fast at the same time. but will also be able to have a whole lot of fun with like-minded people. but by lunchtime at the latest they are all deep in conversation extending well beyond what is happening on the track. bends down low to Antoinette Ang from Hong Kong. and can barely reach the podium for so much backslapping.” says Luis. He is a “passionate constructer. has a company which produces tools for the manufacture of screws. The instructors move to safety before the obligatory champagne showers.” In the afternoon.” says Ralf. It’s not the checkered flag that announces the winner. Georgia. Ralf is able to return to the track after just a few minutes. They are all switched off. In Hong Kong. Which is partly due to the fact that continuity is a key aspect of the AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy: Every driver records a reference lap.” The car oversteers slightly as it pushes through the turn. The evening belongs to the party of people who simply get on unbelievably well. He wanders forward. celebrating at the top of his voice. The others don’t care how he smells. Sometimes for professional matters and sometimes privately. The run is unexceptional. just to say “hello. And as happens every year. right to the top of the podium. as his 17-year-old son accompanied him to Ronda and has to go back to school tomorrow. It soon becomes clear. The next day. The heroes of the AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy won’t see each other until the coming June. A real competitive disadvantage. PHASES OF EXTREMELY FAST HEARTBEATS ALTERNATE WITH READINGS JUST ABOVE THE LEVEL OF RELAXATION. but rather the final analysis of the figures on the computer. Ralf seems to have experienced problems on a bend.” he says. They give no quarter on the track. “I like to drive safely.about his car. and then has to meet this time exactly in the following laps. The day of reckoning. shrugging his shoulders. He laughs a lot. to get a few traveling tips. Because they have gasoline in their blood. This leads to a number of considerations: How fast am I? What if I get stuck in traffic? What lap am I on? Those who miscalculate. Ralf now has to return to the pits after almost every training lap to correct tire pressure and to adjust the shocks to the track. “It’s important. the first thing I did was call Scott Preacher. He has completed more than 30 training sessions. The winner. the “additions to the family” will not only experience exciting races. In addition. and from himself. just amazing. Some of these screws are currently orbiting the earth with the ISS. Changing vehicles cost Ralf Köllges penalty points. Great Britain. hugs Hari. the AMG mechanics decide that the CLK won’t be driven again. each one adjusted perfectly to its driver. Ralf doesn’t have a chance. and all the others. such as Athanasios Ladas from Greece. despite the demanding track. and races off. there is a previously determined lap. in a thoroughly un-Swiss manner. Ralf Köllges demands high performance from his employees. He jumps up. or deviate too far from the racing line. In the company of Ralf. C oming home: All the other Sports Trophy drivers feel the same way as Luis. Work is not an issue either.” She calls Scott at least once a month. towers above them all at 210 cm. he gets back in. The first thing for everyone else is to relax after all the hard driving work. The self-made man from Mönchengladbach. He is satisfied. and ends up with the lion’s share of the sparkling wine all over him. “The people here are far more important. for safety reasons. And Luis? He quietly drove his way well up towards the front: Fourth place. can incur heavy penalties. The advertising guru from Atlanta. Something must have happened on the track. But he doesn’t take himself too seriously. he managed second place. Over the whole weekend. with small movements on the steering wheel. The graceful powerwoman clearly feels comfortable among all the “big boys.

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POETRY AND HIGH DRAMA AMG 2009 95 . IS REINVENTING ITSELF. WE UNDERTAKE A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY IN A NEW LANDSCAPE OF RUSSIAN ARCHITECTURE. WHERE THE AUSTERITY OF THE WEST MEETS THE INFINITE VARIETY OF THE EAST: MOSCOW. TOGETHER WITH THE DESIGN ICON G 55 AMG. A MELTING POT OF MODERNISM.M OS COW THIS IS WHERE ASIA AND EUROPE COLLIDE. THIS IS A JOURNEY BETWEEN OPULENCE AND SIMPLICITY.

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By night the buildings light up as if the city had just put on a string of radiant pearls. sometimes on highways three or four lanes wide. very graphic and. However. AND THE KITSCH POMP OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE Russia. Perhaps the need to have one’s say is a leftover from the old socialist days. Russia’s capital city. tens of thousands of cars wend their way through the broad. THE SOCIALIST ICING-SUGAR STYLE WITH ITS HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS. you’ll soon find yourself hopelessly lost. mostly gray streets. This was a controversial project from day one. Thus. and wait in traffic jams. London.” summarizes Julian Jusim. This gigantic modern office landscape consisting of glazed columns and reflecting cubes is known simply as The City. and picturesque experiences. we pass the press center for the 1980 Olympic Games – architectural clarity. or you bowl across the city at furious speeds that frequently exceed 100 kilometers per hour. But perhaps the reason is simply that our driver is well aware that we need him. Sometimes he asks why we are taking photos in the new city (“It’s really not very nice there. The second is dictatorial architecture that is designed to create anxiety.M OS COW I t’s not hard to pick out Moscow from space – this city really lights up at night. and now lives in Germany.” The City certainly polarizes opinion. Julian Jusim can finally take us to see the seemingly endless complex of buildings that comprises a huge cardiac clinic. and our guide for the day as we take an architectural journey through the heart of Russia. and New York. Criticism has come from those who do not want to see Russia become a carbon copy of the western economic model. Impressive. of course. artist.”) and sometimes he considers the route we want to take too difficult (“It’ll be traffic jams all the way in that direction. grew up in Moscow. By day. in fact this is the external skin of a world that is hermetically sealed off from its surroundings and from the people. just before we reach our destination. perhaps because he left the city of St. with a façade that looks like it should be measured in kilometers rather than meters. Stories so full of passion and enthusiasm that only a Russian could tell them. the patron saint of Moscow. the river that gave Moscow its name and that flows through the metropolis like a sinuous backbone. a world in which everyone was equal. It always takes a few minutes. The Moskva also flows past a new chapter in the almost one-thousand-year-old history of the city. Julian tells his story with an intensity that is typical of people here. “In essence there are just two kinds of architecture. several stories high. Moscow is a town with two faces.” For him Moscow City is undemocratic: “All the glass seems to signal openness at first glance. Driving in Moscow is a black-and-white affair. which in Russia means that it was the subject of much heated debate. Words are important here. A short. modern RUSSIA’S CAPITAL IS DOMINATED BY THREE EPOCHS: THE EXTREMELY CLASSICAL TSARIST STYLE. ulian Jusim (62) was born in Samara. “I built this part here – back in the day. George the Dragon Slayer. words. and wait. This group obviously includes Julian Jusim among its number. “The first kind I call democratic architecture that is open to the observer and monumental. architect. His drastic. somewhat exaggerated judgments are the words of a man who is fascinated by Moscow. B J ecause our chauffeur finally decides to start the engine. They see Moscow being restored to parity with Paris.”). A little later. Russia’s future business center. The love of a woman enticed him away from his first great love. The man at the wheel just loves a good argument. just like everything else here in Moscow.” Thousands of windows. It garners applause from those who look forward to the future and who interpret the construction of the tower blocks on the banks of the Moskva as a visible sign of a strong. in theory at least. It embraces Europe’s largest building site. If you don’t know what you’re doing here. more than 20 years ago. You either wait. sometimes longer. after 24 hours in Moscow. AMG 2009 97 . on the banks of the Volga. reflected in the waters of the Moskva. it is hardly surprising that our chauffeur does not simply take us where we want to go. before we move off. simple question almost always opens up an impressive world of fables.

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THE TRAINED ARCHITECT’S FASCINATING BUILDINGS ARE HIS LEGACY TO MOSCOW. HIS NATIVE CITY 100 AMG 2009 .JULIAN JUSIM BORN IN RUSSIA. TODAY HE LIVES IN GERMANY AND WORKS AS A PAINTER AND ILLUSTRATOR OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

in the middle of a sea of dark automobiles – black is obviously the “in” color for Muscovites – we surge majestically forward in our car as if on the crest of a billowing white wave. a member of a family of great Moscow architects and. now in his sixty-six-year. something of a character himself. The size of the G population indicates that Moscow’s drivers are very AMG 2009 101 . the streets are quiet today. The contours of the G 55 AMG are still very much part of the 21st century. This is another impressive building that is part of Julian’s legacy to his city. “In the old days architecture was regarded as the pinnacle of the arts. Already. “Modern architecture should be mobile. even the tranquility. particularly when the buildings are as overloaded and exaggerated as is frequently the case in Moscow. Everything is opulent in Russia. Regardless of whether we’re talking about buildings or cars. Skokan forecasts total traffic chaos. the atmosphere around the business city is one of pure panic. judging by the surprisingly frequent sightings of this fairly exclusive automobile between Lenin Prospect and Pushkin Square. Thanks to Julian’s contacts. Julian is an aesthete who learned to think big. If necessary. The choice of car is no coincidence. O ur car’s paintwork is white – still. The proof of this is both simple and plausible: “Beautiful car designs can always be combined with classical buildings – they are the perfect pairing.” We should preserve the best of the old and enrich it with the new. This attitude is also an argument in favor of a sensitive approach to architecture: “We live in a time of change and should be careful with what we are left with. e debate the issues in Skokan’s architectural practice. That’s because it’s a national holiday here. Car design is having an increasing influence on architecture.M OS COW very big. IN THIS CITY WE GET TO KNOW NEW RUSSIAN DIMENSIONS.” Modern architecture frequently interferes with the image of car and building. drawing finely detailed works of art for the appreciation of children. Normally the scene of an infernal chaos of excessive speed. Whole districts are being planned and realized by him and his team of over 40 employees. Moscow seems to be the perfect environment for this car. IT’S ALSO SOMEHOW MORE INTENSE AND MUCH MORE PASSIONATE. The buildings behave like individuals who are deep in conversation – it’s great. Skokan would have preferred to see a number of separate centers. This is just as true for traffic as for geographical distances. UNFORTUNATELY. you could simply tow it away and scrap it. that would be the best solution. Julian Jusim now illustrates children’s books. HERE EVERYTHING IS NOT JUST VISUALLY BIGGER. he continues. but these days the new kids on the block are teaching their elders a thing or two. “It’s all a question of scale. in the next breath he pours scorn on the poor choice of location for the new office city. we get to meet Aleksandr Skokan. the G 55 AMG.” smiles Aleksandr as he says goodbye. endless traffic jams. he contradicts the dramatic critique of his friend Julian of the architecture of Moscow’s business city: “I like the architecture. Here. Not that the boxy shape of the G 55 AMG is a rare sight here. before all the tower blocks are finished and with the offices still unoccupied. This would best correspond to Moscow’s basic layout.” Which is a rather poetic way of saying that automobile design has taken on a leading role in determining the way our world is organized. the absolute antithesis to his present work.” explains Aleksandr. he feels. watching as we leave in a piece of automotive architecture that perfectly matches the clear graphic lines of his contoured office complex. and aggression. Alexandr Skokan believes that existing buildings should be incorporated in the plan. He is currently working on a district of Omsk. but with decisive absolutism. Kindly.” Their great height makes them seem like basketball players stopping to bat the breeze.555 kilometers from Moscow to the Siberian city seems enormous to us. We learn what it means to think in Russian dimensions: everything is relative in this gigantic country. That’s because even after 30 years the Bauhaus architectural style of the G Class is still bang up to date. The distance of 2. but from Skokan’s perspective Omsk is practically just around the corner. THE SAME APPLIES TO THE KITSCH W A lthough he likes the design. This form has a timeless quality. It seems that traffic jams will be the default.

specifically Russian approach. Bokov would not just contradict.” Some time later. G 55 AMG. This is a man who is full of energy and full of soft-hearted sentimentality. H aving spent a lot of time abroad. “The young Chinese designers are characterized by a local style. almost purist lines of the G Class body is all the more surprising when you consider that its austerity and simplicity differ so much from the ubiquitous over-thetop style currently in vogue here. even if this is currently expressed mainly in excess and exaggeration. He advises Moscow’s mayor and has a firm hand on the reins when it comes to the design decisions made in the country. The Russians’ love of the clear.” T his is a thought that Andrey V. Andrey Bokov draws our attention to Portugal and Alvaro Siza. it is equally unsurprising that Andrey should savor the moment when he catches sight of our G 55 AMG downstairs at the front of the building. That’s why he has so much sympathy for the young Chinese architects. the words we have heard still echo in our heads like a soundtrack to the structures we see around us: socialist confectionery. OTHERWISE WE WILL SWEEP AWAY THE WORK OF EARLIER ERAS THAT WILL ONLY BE MISSED TOMORROW. This building unites numerous quotations from regional and cross-regional styles. And here we are in the middle of it all. Nor is it surprising that his work fre- n the return journey from the idyllic surroundings of the historical buildings to our hotel next to the Kremlin. “He creates poetic buildings without the need for absolute high-tech. even just in terms of their appearance. whom he regards as the genius of the present age. Thank you. safely stowed in our steel icon.M OS COW fond of this particular model. The popularity of the G 55 must have something to do with the attraction of opposites. the embodiment of the Russian soul. Sixty-seven-year-old Bokov is the President of the Association of Russian Architects. the “Neue Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. tsarist opulence and. but would actually wipe out entirely. WHEN IT IS TOO LATE quently quotes from the Bauhaus period.” is generally agreed to be his masterpiece and is situated just a few kilometers away from AMG in Affalterbach. He speaks with the same vehemence when criticizing the glass structures of Moscow City as imperialistic architecture that seeks to impose the Anglo-Saxon business style throughout the world irrespective of established practice as he does when enthusing about the time he spent as a young architect in Western Europe. in his private loft in an historical building high above the rooftops of Moscow. His aim is to create buildings like this car.” It is hardly surprising that Siza likes to use regional references in his buildings. “Buildings that serve people. as well as from examples of significant historical architecture. Andrey argues for an indigenous. kitsch modernism. The first new buildings to be constructed there were glass palaces in the western style. Seated at the table in his somber office in the impressively renovated and extended headquarters of the Association of Russian Archi- O tects. He is particularly aware that China has had the same experience as Russia. one of his best-loved teachers was Sir James Frazer Sterling. IN TIMES OF CHANGE IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE CAREFUL WITH THE VALUES OF THE PAST. 102 AMG 2009 . a decisive reaction to the huge number of soulless glass façades that originated in the studios of the big western architects. But now Andrey sees signs of an improvement. this senior Russian architect is happy to defend local solutions. A satisfying example of Bauhaus architecture on wheels. Likewise. again and again. Sterling’s most important building.

ALEKSANDR SKOKAN

SCION OF A FAMOUS FAMILY OF MOSCOW ARCHITECTS, HE PLANS ENTIRE CITY DISTRICTS, ALWAYS TRYING TO PRESERVE WHAT ALREADY EXISTS

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